Chocolate City Boss, Audu Maikori arrested in Abuja

Chocolate City Boss, Audu Maikori arrested in Abuja

Chocolate city boss, Audu Maikori has yesterday been arrested in Abuja in connection to his tweets about the Southern Kaduna crisis. For a while now, the entertainment entrepreneur has been very vocal in speaking against government’s silence over the pogrom happening in the area. Earlier this month, he narrated a story about the killing of

Chocolate city boss, Audu Maikori has yesterday been arrested in Abuja in connection to his tweets about the Southern Kaduna crisis.

For a while now, the entertainment entrepreneur has been very vocal in speaking against government’s silence over the pogrom happening in the area. Earlier this month, he narrated a story about the killing of five students by Fulani herdsmen in the Southern area of Kaduna. It turned out to be false. In his release retracting the story, Mr. Maikori had claimed he was misled by his driver who invented the story to extort him.

“After carrying out a detailed investigation that involved the police, I found out that my driver, who claimed that his brother was also killed in Southern Kaduna, lied to me to extort money.

Following the statement by the school and the Kaduna State Government refuting the story that five students were killed by Fulani herdsmen on January 27, 2017, I decided to further investigate the story to ensure that all the facts and evidences were presented to the authorities… It is now clear to me that there are people who are simply creating pictures and stories to deliberately mislead people. I was misled.”

In similar vein, one Mr. Luka Binniyat, a journalist with The Vanguard Newspaper who had carried the news had also been arrested and arraigned before a magistrate court. Mr. Binniyat who mentioned Audu Maikori as his source was granted bail on a N200,000 bond. Mr. Binniyat arrest had people calling for the arrest of Audu Maikori whom they claim has peddled fake news to incite the public.

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Ever since his arrest, entrepreneurs, celebrities and social activists alike have taken to Twitter to condemn his arrest, which has been tagged as a direct attack on the entrepreneur’s right to freedom of speech. Since then the #FreeAudu hashtag has been trending on Twitter.

Here are some of the tweets condemning the arrest:

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See more tweets on Twitter with the #FreeAudu hashtag.

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