Following the release of Audu Maikori, the founder of Chocolate City after a 24-hour detention by the Nigerian Police, he speaks out.
Recall that the Lawyer, social influencer, and entertainment entrepreneur was held in custody on Friday 17th February for alleged attempt to “incite” the public.
This was in connection to his constant voicing on socio-political issues in the county, especially in relation to the recent restiveness in Kaduna State.
Mr. Maikori finally speaks after his release as the Police prepares for further prosecution. He thanks Nigerians for engaging in the online campaign that led to his release, he also explained why he was arrested.
He wrote in a series of tweets:
“Yesterday I was released on bail due to the immense support and voice of all the great people in Nigeria. I don not take your support lightly.”
“Even though my agitations were for #SouthernKaduna, the whole Nigeria spoke with one voice and showed that we aren’t as divided as they say.”
Recall that Audu was arrested for publishing a false story on the killing of five students of College of Education, Gidan-Waya, which he had already apologized for.
After realizing that his source intentionally fed him with fake news, Audu shared the investigation story in a long post last week.
According to him his driver had cooked up the ‘killing of five students’ story and told him to siphon sympathy and money from him.
The driver lied that his younger brother was one of the late students, and even provided pictures of his alleged brother’s corpse after he returned from the supposed funeral in Kaduna.
On a lighter note, seasoned Journalist, Chilee Agunanna shared a logical conversation on his Facebook page of what Nigerians are saying about the Audu issue.
Good citizens of Nigeria: Yes. It’s good they arrested Audu for sharing fake news and inciting the public. This will serve as a deterrent to all those who share fake news. I will never use the #FreeAudu hashtag, it is misguided. It serves him right. Let the law take its cause.
Bad citizens of Nigeria: Ok. But why didn’t you create the #ArrestFulaniHerdsmen hashtag? Did you create the #ArrestElrufai hashtag when he posted statistics that a sitting President Jonathan is a sponsor of Boko Haram? Is that not inciting too?
The good thing is that Audu has been released and in good health. Nigeria awaits further update on what the federal government plans to do henceforth to Audu, and/or other Nigerians who speak out for the betterment of the country, who is said to be operating a Democratic system of government.