Cute Abiola not missing, but in custody, says Nigerian Navy

Popular Instagram Comedian, Cute Abiola, is not missing but in the custody of the Nigerian Navy. A statement has been released by the Navy to that effect after the story of his disappearance started trending online. Here’s a story of the reaction from the Navy;

The Nigerian Navy (NN) has said Instagram Comedian, Cute Abiola, is in its custody for violating Armed Forces of Nigeria social media policy.

Tribune Online recalled that Cute Abiola was declared missing by his fellow comedian, Mr Macaroni quoting the wife.

In a statement by Director of Information, Navy Headquarters, Commodore Suleman Dahun, for the Chief of the Naval Staff on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, while reacting to the report, said the comedian was taken into custody for breaching Armed Forces Social Media Policy.

“The attention of the Nigerian Navy has been drawn to an online news story which claims that a Naval personnel, OSCOMP Abdulgafar AA, who incidentally is a popular comedian known as Cute Abiola, has gone missing.

“The Nigerian Navy wishes to categorically debunk this false news report currently trending online.

“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 of this incident to remind its personnel to comply with the provisions of the armed forces social media policy in the 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,” the statement said.

The Armed Forces Act 2017 provides guidelines on social media use to curb undignified use of social media by members of the Armed Forces, especially acts that could render them susceptible to enemies’ traps or jeopardise ongoing military operations.

“Personnel should not post their pictures or those of their colleagues in military uniforms, or pictures containing military structures, platforms and other military-related items,” said one of the slew of cautions in the guidelines.

Military personnel were also required to warn their family members against controversial conducts on social media.

(Nigerian Tribune)

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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