Top APC Governor Arrests Teenager Over Social Media Post
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has reportedly arrested a teenager in the state over an alleged social media post.
The State Command of the Nigeria Police Force confirmed this on Monday, stating that the boy is in their custody and would be charged to court soon.
It was gathered that the 16-year-old boy insulted the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor via his social media page.
Naija News understands that the boy was arrested on December 11, 2022, but reports of his arrest was made public on Monday, December 19, after the minor’s father, Garba Isa, called on police authorities to release his son.
According to Channels Television, the minor was arrested in Nguru and later transferred to the State Investigation Division of the police force in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
Expressing regret over his child’s attitude against the governor, Isa said he is a mere laundry man and can only beg Governor Buni to show the child mercy and release him.
Isa appealed to Governor Buni and the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Garba Haruna, to release his son on passionate grounds.
“I regret what my son did. I am nobody, an ordinary laundry man, what my son (Umar) did was totally wrong, I appeal to Governor Mai Mala Buni and the police on passionate grounds to forgive my son and release him,” the child’s father said.
CP Haruna reiterated that the boy is cooling off in detention and would be charged to the court.
Haruna said: “When we conclude our investigation, he will definitely be charged to court. People are using social media to insult and tarnish people’s character, the society needs to be sanitised.
“You cannot use social media and begin to post all sorts of things. There is law and order in Nigeria, whoever infringes on someone’s right will be punished.”
Naija News reports that this is coming a few days after Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, arrested one Aminu Mohammed, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa, who criticised her on Twitter.
The boy was, however, released days later following appeals.