Some Nigerians have taken to social media to pour out their anger over the arrest of Debo ‘Mr Macaroni’ Adebayo by operatives of the Nigerian police force.

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TheCable Lifestyle had reported how the comedian was apprehended alongside other protesters in the early hours of Saturday over their involvement in the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest.

The protest was in reaction to the approval granted to the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to reopen the tollgate by the judicial panel established by the Lagos state government to probe police brutality and human rights abuses.

The arrests at Lekki tollgate have since stirred criticisms from a segment of Nigerians — including celebrities — on social media platforms, especially Twitter.

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In his reaction, Charly Boy, a veteran singer and activist, condemned the arrests while accusing the federal government of turning the country into a “jungle”.

Falz, another singer, also decried the action of the federal government on peaceful protesters, brandishing it “shameful”.

What is this shameful behaviour?! Are these people insane?!? Citizens are peacefully protesting and you are arresting. How is this supposed to solve the problems that they have already caused,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Some Nigerians also took to the microblogging platform to lend their voices with calls for the immediate release of Mr Macaroni and the other arrested protesters heightening.

Mr Macaroni is more valuable to Nigeria’s democracy than the bandits in government. The Nigerian Police should immediately release all the arrested #Lekkitollgate protesters now,” a Twitter user said.

They’ve arrested Mr Macaroni and many peaceful protesters at #Lekkitollgate, as seen on his IG live. Protest for justice which is human rights is now a crime in Tinubu Lagos & Buhari’s Presidency. Anyone supporting this tyranny and human rights abuse in Nigeria won’t know peace,” another user said.

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Here is what some Nigerians had to say:

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