Nigerian police detain 16-year-old boy for insulting Yobe governor Mala Buni on social media

The Nigerian Police Force, Yobe state command has arrested and detained a 16-year-old boy over allegedly abusing Governor Mala Buni on social media.

According to reports, the minor was picked up on December 11, 2022, in Nguru and later transferred to the State Investigation Division of the Nigeria Police Force in Damaturu.

Confirming the development, Garba Isa, the father of the boy has demanded the release of his son.

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“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,” Isa told Channels Television.

The state Commissioner of Police, Garba Haruna, while also confirming the arrest said the minor is now in custody and will be charged to court when investigation is concluded.

“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,” the police boss said.

“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.”

The developments come weeks after Aminu Mohammed Adamu, a final year student of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Aminu Mohammed, was released from detention for criticising the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

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The student on June 8, 2022, was said to have accused Aisha Buhari of feeding fat from Nigeria’s treasury.

He chastised the First Lady in Hausa, stating in a tweet, “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi”, translated as “The mother has got fatter by eating masses’ money.”

The Department of State Services, otherwise called the State Security Services, has detained Mohammed over a social media post deemed defamatory against the First Lady.

This sparked reactions from different quarters including the National Association of Nigerian Students, and many human rights groups threatening protests against the arrest and detention of the undergraduate.

Although, Muhammed’s friends said he made the post because he was frustrated about the prolonged strike by universities that lasted for more than eight months across the country.

Following his action, the final-year student was arraigned and remanded before he was released on Friday night after Mrs Buhari withdrew the case against him.

Expressing his joy after the release, Mohammed took to his Twitter handle to say his apology, he wrote, “I would like to use this medium to express my sincere apologies to those I’ve hurt especially our mother, Aisha Buhari. 

“It was never my intention to hurt your feelings and Insha Allah, I will change for the better. However, I’m also grateful for your forgiveness, thank u mama,” he added.

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