Nigerian entertainer and social activist, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, has reacted to the statement that was posted on Instagram by a Nigerian soldier who had claimed that he was responsible for his arrest, which had lasted for 36 days.
Charly boy, in a telephone interview with Punch on Tuesday, stated that although he posted the video, which was recommended to him by a friend because of the message it contained, he never denied reposting the video, as he never had any contact with the soldier.
In the post on his Instagram page, the solider, identified as Emmy Benison, claimed that Charly Boy denied reposting controversial video and blamed the entertainer for his arrest. He said, “This man (Charly Boy) is nothing but a liar. He claims to be fighting for justice but he is afraid to stand for what he is fighting for. I was arrested and locked up for 36 days because of this man.
“I reached out to him and he denied ever posting my video. I had respect for you as a man of integrity but you failed me sir,” he added.
Recounting what happened, Charly Boy said, “I’ve never met such soldier in my life, I remember uploading a video of a soldier, which I got from someone. I reposted the video because I thought it was odd for a solider to be so critical about the government. I don’t know him personally and I don’t know anything about his arrest.”