Nigerian Navy says it arrested Instagram comedian, Cute Abiola for alleging breaching the armed forces social media policy.
The Navy stated this while responding to claims that the comedian is missing.
On Tuesday, Mr Macaroni, Nigerian comedian raised an alarm over the whereabouts of his colleague.
A screenshot of a WhatsApp message shared by Mr Macaroni on his verified Twitter page read “Ahmed Gafar is popularly known as The Cute Abiola; left his house for office at Navy Town at 06:00 Am on the 15th November 2021 and got to the office at about 07:00 am or thereafter. While he got to the office, he called his wife and associates that he had gotten to the office.
“Subsequently, his wife and other associates have made several attempts to contact him but to no avail. Since he last communicated with his wife and associates that he already got to the office, he has not returned to his family and no one has heard from him till this moment.
“It was subsequently gathered from a reliable source that he has been locked up in the Nigerian Navy cell since he got to the office yesterday morning till the time of posting this information without being fed and no date has been stated for his release from custody.
“The most frustrating part is that nobody is talking anything as to the offence he has committed, but that he’s been detained on an order from the Nigerian Navy Headquarters.
“This unfortunate situation has rendered his wife emotionally tortured and traumatised as the Cute Abiola is an Ulcer patient. Hence, not feeding an Ulcer patient as punishment for an undisclosed offence is something to be worried about with the view to avoiding unnecessary circumstance with regards to the health of The Cute Abiola.”
However responding to this, the navy in a statement signed by Suleman Dahun, disclosed that the comedian is in its custody.
The statement read “The attention of the navy has been drawn to an online news story claiming naval personnel OSCOMP Abdulgafar AA; who incidentally is a popular comedian known as Cute Abiola, has gone missing.
“The Nigerian Navy wishes to categorically debunk this false news report currently trending online.
“OSCOMP Abdulgafar is currently under custody in his unit for breaching the armed forces social media policy and refusal to obey particular orders.
“The Nigerian navy wishes to avail itself this incident to remind its personnel to comply with the provisions of the armed forces social media policy in their usage of social media platforms.
“The Policy, amongst others, is emplaced to protect their personal safety and security as well as the information integrity of the activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.”
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