Police arrest 16-year-old boy for ‘insulting’ Yobe state gov, Mai Mala Buni on social media

A 16-year-old child was detained by Yobe State police for reportedly disrespecting Mai Mala Buni, the governor of Yobe State, on social media.

The child's father, Garba Isa, revealed this on December 19 when he appeared in public to call for his son's release. Isa claims that his son was detained in Nguru on December 11 and afterwards sent to the State Investigation Division of the Nigeria Police Force in Damaturu, the administrative center of Yobe State.

"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 who is a laudry worker told Channels TV

Confirming the arrest, the state Commissioner of Police, Garba Haruna, 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.

"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", Garba was quoted as saying

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