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  • Updated: December 02, 2022

Twitter: The New Criminal Zone Security Operatives Raid In Nigeria

If you think you can go to your Twitter or Facebook page to make an inconsequential post, two Nigerians have been in the Nigerian security offshore in just one week.

Today, the Anambra State Police Command has invited a Twitter user, @princenenchecfr, to show evidence of the N350,000 he said the police asked from him for the release of the corpse of the late singer, Slami Ifeanyi.

In a statement retrieved by AllNews Nigeria, the command spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, invited the Twitter user to appear at the state command headquarters with evidence and witnesses so that the police command could shed light on the incident.

Ifeanyi was tragically shot dead on Sunday in Umubele, Awka, Anambra State capital, by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

In response, the user said the Anambra State Police Command sought the sum of  N350,000 before Slami Ifeanyi's corpse would be released for burial.

“We are aware of the shooting that took place that day which led to the death of the young man.

"Preliminary information reveals that it is cult related. I will follow up.

"Meanwhile, we have three suspects in custody.” the police said in its latest statement. 

“The case has been transferred to State CID for proper review and consolidation of information before us.

"The Command also wants to use this medium to invite the Twitter handler @princenenchecfr to Anambra State Police Command by 11 am on Wednesday, 7/12/2022, to come with evidence and witnesses of persons when the DPO demanded the sum N350,000 from him and later the corpse was released.

"This will enable us to come out with facts about what transpired."

And that was not the first; a 500-level student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Muhammad, accused of criticising the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has been remanded in a custodial centre.

Young Mohammed is studying environmental management and is billed to begin exams on Monday but could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison if convicted.

The takeaway

Certainly, there is freedom of speech in Nigeria and across the world.

But social media has become the channel by which ordinary citizens voice out their vituperations.

Having said that, it is essential that any outrage one wants to do on social media, particularly Twitter, should be double checked. 

The bird app has become both the parallel court for anyone who feels cheated and the police station for agencies looking for suspects to handpick.

Officials worldwide always punish individuals who make racist comments on Twitter or defame another individual or corporate image. 

Social media has become the home away from home for many.

People get jobs, meet new people and build up virtual families.

But very recently, it is becoming a slippery place where a single post could be costlier than life itself.

As we count down Nigeria’s general elections in 2023, it is important that we are careful with what we post, comment or troll. 

The case of Aminu was just a troll that passed the wrong messages to Aisha Buhari, while the accuser of the Anambra State Police Command might not have it well if he could not provide substantive evidence for his claims.

Though Aisha Buhari has withdrawn charges against Aminu, the joke was costly.

He, alongside the accuser of the Anambra state police command accuser, has deactivated their Twitter accounts when compiling this report.

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