Nigerian Police authorities today (Saturday) confirmed that the owner of Chocolate City entertainment, Audu Maikori has been arrested noting that he is being investigated for false information capable to causing religious and communal crisis.
Though the officer declined to disclose the exact department that made the arrest, he however said the Police has a duty to ensure investigation of allegations and petitions made by Nigerians especially one that is capable to threatening peace and stability in any part of the country.
A senior officer who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity Saturday, wondered why the hue and cry about the arrest of the entertainer saying since there was petition and evidence of committing an offence against him, it was the duty of the police to carry out investigation.
Recall that the social media was awash on Friday night with reports that the Chocolate City owner was arrested in Lagos and moved to Abuja by the Police authorities.
The officer while confiding in Vanguard, asked, “Do you know the number of persons, particularly the youths that follow the social media. Imagine sending fake information about killings of one group in a situation of crisis which did not exist. Are you trying to ignite more killings or bloodshed among people who have lived together for years or what?
“Any way there is no cause for worry. Investigations will clear the air about the allegations against him. The police will not just arrest people without a reason”.
A senior police officer who was deployed to Southern Kaduna for security duties to checkmate the violence in Kafanchan and other towns in Southern Kaduna last week told Vanguard that contrary to the wild allegations being peddled by people fanning the crisis, 800 people were not killed in Southern Kaduna.
“Between my God and I that is talking to you, the number of deaths since this crisis started has not been more than 20. Nobody is happy about it but we are doing everything possible to contain it. These people causing the crisis should not make things worse for security agencies” he said.