The Nigerian navy has debunked claims that Abdulgafar Ahmad Oluwatoyin, the skit maker better known as Cute Abiola, is missing.
Mr. Macaroni, a colleague comedian, had expressed concerns about his whereabouts in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
He had stated that Cute Abiola was last seen on November 15 after he left for his office at Navy Town in Lagos.
In reaction, the navy, in a statement signed by Suleman Dahun, a representative of the force, said it had detained the skit maker in its custody for disobedience and breaching the armed forces social media policy.
“The attention of the navy has been drawn to an online news story claiming naval personnel OSCOMP Abdulgafar AA, who incidentally is a popular comedian known as Cute Abiola, has gone missing,” the statement read in part.
“The Nigerian Navy wishes to categorically debunk this false news report currently trending online.
“OSCOMP Abdulgafar is currently under custody in his unit for breaching the armed forces social media policy and refusal to obey particular orders.
“The Nigerian navy wishes to avail itself this incident to remind its personnel to comply with the provisions of the armed forces social media policy in their usage of social media platforms.
“The Policy, amongst others, is emplaced to protect their personal safety and security as well as the information integrity of the activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.”
In his tweets, Macaroni had said the family got words that the comedian was detained for hours without meals.
If the Nigerian Navy has any information to help Cute Abiola’s family and friends confirm his whereabouts or if he his in their custody, I think the honorable thing to do would be to clarify details surrounding his detention and put everyone’s mind at rest. Haba!
— DeboMacaroni (@mrmacaronii) November 16, 2021
“No date has been stated for his release from custody. The most frustrating part is that nobody is talking anything as to the offense he has committed, but that he’s been detained on an order from the navy headquarters,” he added.
“This unfortunate situation has rendered his wife emotionally traumatized as the Cute Abiola is an Ulcer patient.
“Hence, not feeding an Ulcer patient as punishment for an undisclosed offense is something to be worried about with the view to avoiding unnecessary circumstances with regards to the health of The Cute Abiola.”
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