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#FreeAudu: Internet stands up for Audu Maikori


Barely 12 hours after Chocolate City Entertainment boss and Nigerian lawyer, Audu Maikori was arrested by the police, the Nigerian online community has started a movement protesting the arrest and calling for his liberation.

Maikori’s arrest is linked to his tweets about a fatal attack on his relatives in Southern Kaduna that turned out to be false, his lawyer, Mark Jacobs told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday.

Jacobs said the 41-year-old was arrested in Lagos around noon Friday by a team of police officers attached to inspector-general monitoring and intelligence team and was immediately transferred to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

“I arrived at the Force Headquarters and learnt that a detention order has already been signed for him,” Jacobs said. “I am not sure he will be released tonight.”

He added that he was told by the police that a magistrate issued warrant for Mr. Maikori’s arrest and are planning to charged him with attempt to “incite” the public.

Maikori is one of the strong voices against the restiveness and violence going on in Southern Kaduna. His arrest is coming nearly four weeks after he narrated an attack that purportedly took place in the area.

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Here are some of the posts calling for his immediate release.


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