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#FreeAudu: Chocolate City Boss Audu Maikori Reportedly Arrested & Detained in Abuja



According to a series of Tweets by rapper M.I, Chocolate City boss, Audu Maikori has been arrested and detained at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

The revelation was first made by RightsAfrica (@ChairmanNHRC) on Twitter.

Audu has been vocal about the killings in Southern Kaduna, calling on the government to not fold their arms but act.

While people have said it is not true, the hashtag #FreeAudu is gaining grounds on Twitter as users are demanding that government should stop harassing its citizens with security agencies and respect freedom of speech.

Celebrities have also joined the call for his release.


  1. Kay

    February 17, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Na wa o… whatever happened to freedom of speech??

  2. Victor Adegoke

    February 17, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Are we still under military rule in Nigeria? Where DSS will just be arresting individuals anyhow.

    • tunmi

      February 18, 2017 at 12:44 am

      Honest to goodness, I love your marketing style.

      But seriously, what in the world is going on? Make we wait.

    • Hm Victor!

      February 18, 2017 at 2:03 am

      I bought an acre in the same Ibeju for N7.5m last month. Your 2.5m per plot is too cost!! #FreeAudu

  3. Abu

    February 17, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    He would be freed when explains how the 5 people he said died where killed, how is false statement didnt mean inciting people againt each other….Why say what you know nothing about.

    He`ll have his day in court #KeepAudu #Stopthe Media Sympathy

    • le coco

      February 17, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      What Do you know.. He got false information from an employee he trusted.. It cld happen to anyone… He owned up to his actions, and made a public apology.. so me I don’t knw what trash u r spewing here… pls go nd crawl into a sewer somewhere..

    • Freedomofspeechisnotdead

      February 18, 2017 at 12:15 am

      You are evil. I have no words for you. Actually I have the perfect words but I’ll just keep them to myself. I hope worse situation befalls you.

    • Lailatu

      February 18, 2017 at 12:16 am

      @ Abu, you must be an ass! He did nothing wrong, there’s an ongoing genocide in S/Kd, the governor admitted to paying the perpetrators thereby admitting he knows them and you are angry at Audu’s tweets? #freeaudu

    • Adunnie

      February 18, 2017 at 12:32 am

      You’re very silly. People are being killed up and down in southern Kaduna and this is the rubbish you’re saying. Have any arrests been made?? Our clueless government keep allowing those who should be detained and imprisoned go scot free. You better get your priorities right. Audu is not the problem. The constant killing is the problem… #freeAudu #nigeriangovernmentshouldreceivesense

    • Icrossmyheart

      February 18, 2017 at 8:25 am

      I dont blame you. With a name like Abu, you must be part of the Fulani clan killing people.

      You dont arrest those ACTUALLY KILLING people from the East to the West to the North, it is someone who has used his platform to call attention to the KILLING they should keep.

      When I say that a group of people are HELLBENT ON STAYING BACKWARD, you all will call me a tribalist. Even the very rich among them are as backward as the poor among them.

      The North has received more government money than the rest of the country AND YET IT IS THE MOST UNDERDEVELOPED. Trillions of Nigerias money has been concentrated in the North but where is the development? Lazy and incompetent. Not sure education can save many of them. Because MANY of the most educated are equally as bad. Better a few are educated than the many so that power is concentrated on the few.

      It is no wonder they have diverted Abuja airport to Kaduna. They want to use NIGERIA to develop Kaduna. Billions are poured into Kaduna as we speak BUT SALARIES FOR MANY STATES ARE YET TO BE PAID.

      Igbo people stay there and be forming ONE NIGERIA. This government and most, if not all, ethnic groups in Nigeria DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU PEOPLE.The only group of people who will rather employ ALL indigenes of Nigeria. Whereas other ethnic groups employ ONLY their own.

      Focus on building the EAST AND MOVING THERE.

      All ethnic groups in Nigeria are prone to violence but a group is MORE prone to violence in Nigeria.

      Nigeria should break up. Let us stop this dance. It is no longer fun. That way, as we are operating as sovereign states, a Fulani man who comes to kill for the sake of his cows will be killed even before he utters a word and his cows used for correct bitterleaf soup.

    • Icrossmyheart

      February 18, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Did the killings in Southern Kaduna take place, YES OR NO?

      IF they did, then Makori is not in the wrong, the government is. His version of the story may be false HOWEVER IT DOES FALSIFY THE 20,000 people that have been slaughtered for the past ONE YEAR.

      Nigeria is becoming joke as the days go by.

    • Icrossmyheart

      February 18, 2017 at 10:25 am


    • Ify

      February 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Good luck proving that his statement was “Intended” to incite people.

    • Dami #freeAudu

      February 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      You deserve to be arrested for spewing foolishness and condoning dictatorship. Their action is unacceptable. False news or not, Audu Makairo didn’t commit any crime to lead to an arrest. If he posted false news, the most he can do is retract and correct it. So what about the false news the government officials have been feeding Nigerians forever, and most recently the whole Buhari’s London vacation fiasco. They are deceiving, lying and misleading Nigerians. So they know about inciting violence only when it applies to the Northern leaders. But they can incite violence and even murder, kill and not be held accountable.

      It’s evident at this point it has to do with Madairo speaking up against the atrocity happening in Kaduna. El Rufai is a tyrant and very corrupt. He’s one of the people running the country into destruction. The way 2face was bullied for announcing a protest is a confirmation that freedom of speech is becoming a crime especially for celebrities who are using their platform. They are silencing them through threat and intimidation.

      At this point, anyone who speaks against Buhari and anything related to the North is arrested. This is a military regime disguised in democracy.

      Nigeria government lost all credibility and respect. You arrest a citizen freely but not the criminals who steal money from the government everyday. Not the Fulani herdsmen committing murder. Etc

  4. Jerry Adams

    February 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    His crime was that he stood for.his people,free Audu Maikori immediatelly

  5. eli dangana

    February 17, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Elrufai is a bigot and a tyrant, using the power of state to terrorize citizens. Free Audu

  6. Echoes of Hope

    February 17, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Elrufai thinks he’s God. You dare not challenge his views. Why arresting innocent law abiding citizens for letting the world know the atrocities being committed against their kinsmen while the aggressors continue to walk freely?
    Is it because they don’t share the same faith with?

  7. Ziacham Bayei

    February 18, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Governor El-rufai of Kaduna State is using state mechanism to suppress freedom of expression in a democratic setting. The governor is arresting and prosecuting activists who speak or write against the killings in Southern Kaduna.

  8. Babalola Victor

    February 18, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Nobody is seeing what’s happening here. An evil far worse than the military rule has risen. We, as a people have somehow managed to catch Stockholm syndrome and we are quickly developing an immunity to its cure. Slowly, they’re picking those who have the guts to speak up. If we don’t go for them NOW, we will be suppressed forever. Don’t stop talking!
    This is wrong! #FreeAudu

  9. Meena

    February 18, 2017 at 1:19 am

    If there is anyone answering questions about inciting violence via social media, it should be Governor Elrufai of Kaduna, he tweeted threats about how Fulani people will avenge killings n his tweet can be seen/said to have emboldened the fulani militia. Audu’s tweet didn’t lead to any violence, so who should DSS be questioning on the issue of herdsmen killings?

  10. Nad kason

    February 18, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Elrufai is a tyrant a blood thirsty tyrants using the power of the state to terrorize citizen

  11. Chuck K.A

    February 18, 2017 at 5:08 am

    If at all there was transparency, I’m looking foward to the media house that’ll ask gov.Elrufai if which diplomat, representatives of the southern Kaduna people was present at the meeting & payment to the Fulani people & the so called request to stop the killings which didn’t even after the payment.
    The current government is using bullying as a tool, this generation may never forgive the current government over this & history may go down with this record of injustice in an era where there is suppose to be a so called democracy with freedom of speech.
    Inspire of the public apology, it seems that wasn’t enough, who has picked the governor over his statements too. It will take a huge lot for elrufai to win any election in southern KD again. #freeAuduMaikori #freedomofspeech

  12. Chuck K.A

    February 18, 2017 at 5:13 am

    If at all there was transparency, I’m looking foward to the media house that’ll ask gov.Elrufai of which diplomat or representatives of the southern Kaduna people was present at the meeting & payment to the Fulani people & the so called request to stop the killings which didn’t stop even after the payment.
    It will take a huge lot for elrufai to win any election in southern KD again. & this a stain on his political party #freeAuduMaikori #freedomofspeech

  13. Enoch [ZICKz]

    February 18, 2017 at 6:24 am

    El-rufai Is The Main Problem Here, He Is A Bigot; El-rufai Justifies Killings as A Reprisal and Goes On to Pay Terrorists…… AUDU Needs to be freed! There is no crime in Stating Facts of The Need for People to Rise Up Against Terrorists and Killers of The Communities.
    #FreeAudu Now

  14. Tir

    February 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

    We are back to 1985,how is this even a country ?? #FreeAudu

  15. Fred

    February 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

    No Yoruba man should come here and complain about this government pls. What nonsense. You and your jagaban forced this tyranny on the populace. Deal with it.

    • BlueEyed

      February 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you! They cowardly followed the APC way (lily livered lot), they should not complain!
      This is just 2017….y’al should watch it unfold

    • Iya ibeji

      February 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      I’m a little bit disappointed that this is coming from you @ blue eyed. Yorubas have a right just like every citizen of Nigeria to complain about the government. Those that voted for, voted against or didnt even vote at all can and should complain if something does not sit well with them.
      Until you tribalistic lot change your ways, we will continue to remain this way as a nation.

  16. Nakoms

    February 18, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Two wrongs dont make a right The southern Kaduna situation was a crisis and people needed to be careful with their utterances. Elrufa as governor has shown very poor leadership skills in managing the crisis and I dare say this sounds the death knell to his presidential ambition. On the other hand, Makori could have gone the extra mile to confirm his claims before making false assertions on social media that could escalate the crisis leading to more loss of lives. I am baffled that a lawyer and social activist of his caliber will fail in this regard.

    The above brings to the fore my admiration for Madam Obi ekwezili who has been a thorn on this government from inception and has not run foul of the law. It takes a strong inner constituency and intellectual sagacity to stay the course.

    I hereby move the motion for her to be our next president all in support say aye and against nay……………the ayes have it. Hahaha hahaha…… …

    • Fifi

      February 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Thank you, Audu had already incited people with all his social media posting and called out for posting false pictures only at that point did he investigate and came up with a apology. Dont add more petrol to fire, communal and religious clashes have been happening in Kaduna since the 80’s, voice your concerns, march on the streets of KD or Abuja, dont come on social media spreading false pictures and stories, free Audu indeed, next time he would think before he leaps

    • Icrossmyheart

      February 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Since violence has been happening in Kaduna since the 80s without SOCIAL MEDIA, how can his tweets incite violence that is already predisposed to that area. And not only in Kaduna by the way. Jos, Kanu, Sokoto, Zamfara.

      Since then, DSS has yet to arrest those who have instigated said violence. But it is Makori they will arrest.

      You are not making sense.

      Donald Trump has said and tweeted worse things than Makori and yet he is yet to be arrested. Hell he was elected the most powerful man on earth. His tweets incited violence. But he is ENTITLED TO SAID TWEETS but anyone who carries out said VIOLENCE BECAUSE OF TWEETS is the guilty party not the WRITER OF SAID TWEETS.

      Makori is not guilty. It is the people who would have carried out said violence that would be found guilty.

      I cannot believe Nigerians are truly supporting the behavior of the DSS. And we wonder why we are still where we are. These are the same people who were tweeting JESUISCHARLIE after the killings of the people from the French magazine who wrote bad things about MohammeD. We need to understand the essenfe of freedom of speech.

      BN, there is a comment I wrote that you have not posted. Are you afraid that it will incite violence too? Because it targeted to the North. But a comment here is talking about Yoruba but it was posted.


    • Anonymous

      February 18, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Maikori’s action was intended to incite people against the government, If not as a lawyer and public figured He should have informed the authorities when he got this information from his driver and shown them the picture evidence. However I believe the police should temper justice with mercy seeing that he apologised as soon as he realised his folly.

    • Abu

      February 18, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Correct! Those complaining are mostly ibos, they didn’t vote anyway. When Apostle SULAIMAN spewed rubbish where were you

    • Icrossmyheart

      February 18, 2017 at 9:25 am

      You are right. However the difference between Makori and Oby Is that Oby is not from the North. Makori, from my little knowledge, is from there. So the sensitivity from both ends differs. Makori would appear more passionate as it affects him indirectly or directly.

      Furthermore, freedom of speech allows for such utterances. I dont believe what Makori wrote or tweeted could have incited violence, a protest or two, maybe. But not violence. Also, El Rufai, from my little knowledge, tweeted that the fulani would avenge, BUT HE REMAINS A SITTING GOVERNOR. Is justice only for the non-politician?

      But knowing what he did, which many Nigerians are TOO PROUD TO DO, he tendered an apology and made a public retraction. That is commendable.

  17. Segi

    February 18, 2017 at 10:55 am

    It’s quite convenient when some folks try to bully and stampede others from giving their opinions on a free platform, just because they don’t agree with it. Sentiments aside, if what Audu did is a crime against the law, then let him face the music. I see alot of people here quoting what el-rufai said or did, but when you ask them where they got the information, don’t be surprise if it’s through hearsay. Pandering false information that incite violence is wrong, alot of citizens based their actions and opinion of the government through these news. Their is freedom of expression but their is clearly consequence for malicious expression which this is!

  18. Kkay

    February 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Nigerians you wished you NEVER voted PMB and APC CHANGE!
    El-Rufai is actually your president. He calls the shots.

    Free Audu Maikori. He is not the problem here. DSS go after the blood-thirsty fulani herdsmen and their sponsors.

  19. Tosin

    February 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Beht what is actually wrong with these goats?
    Do they have any idea who Audu is and what he means to us? Trouble sleep, yanga go go wake am. Kwantinu.

  20. Marks

    February 18, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    The tweet that seriously got me laughing was the one that said ‘I voted for freedom of speech’..LMAO. Oga, you mean you voted Buhari for freedom of speech? Your name should be ‘korin sodi”- sing upside It’s like saying you choose war for peace..Many were just too emotional to think well during that elections. And the herdsmen mentality also played a huge role. Generally, the brains of many people went to sleep.

  21. Nakoms

    February 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    It’s a bit furtutious that I mentioned Madam Obi Ekwezili in my comment above. Lindaikeji is reporting she has reached out to elrufai who has promised to release Makori.

  22. Fred

    February 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Why is she reaching out to El rufai? For what? He should use the energy to find the herdsmen that have been killing Southern Kaduna people all these years and not prosecute Audu. That man is a real idiot.

  23. Fred

    February 22, 2017 at 8:49 am

    How many times have Ladi Mohammed given us false news in Nigeria, has he been arrested?

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