Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has ordered the immediate release of a teenager detained by the police for allegedly insulting him.
This was disclosed on Tuesday in a statement by his Director-General of Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, in Damaturu.
The governor said he was unaware of the arrest and detention and added that it was unnecessary to arrest anyone for criticising or insulting him.
“This is the price of leadership, and we are fully conscious of it; therefore, I couldn’t have ordered nor condoned the detention of anyone.
“Until someone drew my attention to it, I wasn’t aware of his arrest and detention. I have now directed his immediate release from detention,” he said.
Buni, however, urged that criticisms and contributions should be constructive, advising that social media users should respect the rights of everyone, including religious and socio-cultural differences of others.