Student Allegedly Detained On Orders Of Katsina Governor For Criticizing Him On Facebook

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It would surprise you to know that the freedom of speech right in Nigeria’s democracy isn’t really free; also, be careful what you say on social media sites.

Reports claim that the Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, ordered that a student who criticized him on Facebook should be detained indefinitely.

According to Premium Times, the student named Abdulmalik Sa’idu has been in jail for over 20 days now as a result of Shema’s orders.

Sa’idu is said to have posted details of an alleged fertilizer scam in Katsina state on his Facebook page.

Reports state that he received a phone call on August 28th from someone at the Katsina State government house, saying there was a message he had to receive at the governor’s residence.

However, upon his arrival, he was arrested and taken to Batagarawa Police Station, where he was detained.

His father, Maiyawo Sa’idu, said that his son had not been charged for any crime, but had been accused of cloning the governor’s number in order to dupe a commissioner of N3 million.

“I think they are trying to frame him. I know my son cannot clone the governor’s number and call a commissioner to put three million into his account,” said Maiyawo.

He also revealed that before his son was detained, state government officials had warned him to stop criticizing the governor on Facebook.

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