Over time, social media has become a tool for many to air their views on social injustices as more and more people harp on the need for justice in cases where people’s rights have been trampled upon.
The above is yet again, evident in a fresh Twitter trend where Nigerians are calling for the release of social media influencer, Babatunde Olushola, who was detained over a post he made joking about the government with his account.
Babatunde Olushola, a final year student of @lautechinfo didn't impersonate the former president, this is so unjust. Detaining hmm for almost 2 months now, putting his loved ones in anguish @jayythedope doesn't deserve this. Please #FreeShola 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/zUb2SfQ0OH
— Dr Toolz (@toolzbabe) July 15, 2020
From reports, we gathered that Olushola had compared the Buhari-led administration with the previous administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. However, there are other circumstances that suggests the reason for the Force Crime Investigation Department (FCID) to picki him up.
Twitter influencer @jayythedope has Been in Detention at The Force Crime Investigation Department (FCID) over a Tweet he Made Weeks Ago regarding ex president's wife
— Sheylex™❁ (@djsheylex) July 15, 2020
While it appears that there hasn’t been any official statement on the issue, many Nigerians are insinuating that Shola was arrested and is being detained for impersonation noting that he has been running a Goodluck Jonathan parody account where he made jokes to entertain his followers.
Please they should free him, he obviously hasn't done anything wrong #FreeShola 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
— Abike Arab 💰 Assistant. (@AbikeArab) July 15, 2020
We all have the right to freedom of speech but shola's incident is quite unfortunate. In a Country where your rights can be violated,anything can happen. I hope they #FreeShola soon, God knows the kind of torture he is going through rn because of a single harmless tweet for clout
— Nobel The Indaboski ❄🇳🇬 (@vhic3adibe) July 15, 2020
A Twitter influencer has been arrested for more than 54days now just because he used a parody account which was clearly written on his bio that he wasn’t the person and the last time I checked parodies are allowed
This isn’t right..
Justice needs to be severed #FreeShola
— Chioma🦋🦋 (@dahtgirl_ajex) July 15, 2020
Where are we going in this country for God's sake you detained a person because of a comment huh just an ordinary comment so we don't have freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of movement again in this country #Freeshola #TheDpo
— Akanji Of Africa 🌍 (@Akanjigangan) July 15, 2020
Calling for his freedom, many Nigerians absolved him of any wrongdoing, stressing that whatever content he shared with his audience was purely for entertainment. Some added that he specifically pointed out in his bio that he is not the former president.
The rate at which our leaders now show lawlessness is alarming! Dude clearly stated the account is a parody account #FreeShola
— Ken (@lasbruhas) July 15, 2020
Very soon, joking on tweeter would be grounds for arrest.#FreeShola
— Comedy Nigeria (@ComedyNigeria) July 15, 2020
Following his arrest and detention, his Twitter account has also been suspended.
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