Audu Maikori, CEO and founder of Chocolate City, has been arrested by the police.

The lawyer and businessman is believed to have been arrested for saying the relative of his driver was attacked in Kaduna state college of education in Southern Kaduna.

Maikori later took to social media to announce that his comments were false, saying his driver deceived him to collect money from him.

Since his arrest, many Nigerians have taken to social media to advocate for his release, with most saying he should be allowed to express himself without being arrested.

Paul Okeugo, Maikori’s partner, has released a statement, saying he’s a “honourable and passionate” Nigerian.

He wrote: “My name is Paul Okeugo and I have been Audu Maikori’s friend & Partner for years and know him to be a very honorable and passionate man.

“Audu genuinely cares about Nigeria and everyone in it . He is not one to spread false information or advocate violence . Together we have strived to create a better future for all young people in Nigeria. Audu exemplifies the kind of qualities we sorely need in this society.

“Today Audu has been picked up by law enforcement agents over his advocacy about the killings in #SouthernKaduna and he is presently being held in custody.

“I would like to reach out to fans and friends of Audu and our company that we all should please exercise patience and remain calm. We appreciate the massive love and support we have received and continue to count on that goodwill . There is no Chocolate City without all of you.

“We are working to secure his release and have reached out to friends who realize the importance of sustaining democratic ideals in a country as fractured as ours.”

MI Abaga, rapper and Chcolate City president, also took to Twitter to state that Maikori did not “instigate hate.”

“I voted for freedom of speech.. why is @Audu being denied it. Our civil rights must not be encroached!! @audu has been detained in Abuja right now.

“Audu did not instigate hate..civil rights do give you the liberty to lie (like the instigation lie you are telling) unless you r under oath,” he wrote.



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