Teenager arrested for insulting Yobe governor regains freedom

Teenager arrested for insulting Yobe governor regains freedom

By Elsie Udoh

The governor of Yobe State, Mala Buni has ordered the release of Garba Umar, the 16-year-old who was reportedly arrested for insulting him.

BlackBox Nigeria had earlier reported that the teenager landed in trouble after he allegedly insulted Buni on social media.

The arrest came to the public knowledge after the minor’s father, Garba Isa appealed to the governor and the police authorities for his son’s release.

But in a statement issued through his spokesperson, Mamman Mohammed, the Yobe governor said he was unaware of the arrest, adding that it was unnecessary to arrest anyone for insulting him.

“This is the price of leadership and we are fully conscious of it, therefore, l couldn’t have ordered nor condoned the detention of anyone.

“Until someone drew my attention to it, l wasn’t aware of his arrest and detention, l have now directed his immediate release from detention,” Buni was quoted in the statement.

The governor, however, added that social media users should make meaningful and responsible criticisms despite running an open government.

“Social media users are also reminded to be responsive and responsible, to respect the rights of everyone, political party, religious and socio-cultural differences, most especially as the political campaigns are ongoing,” he said.


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