By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) – The Police on Saturday, February 18, released Chocolate City founder and president, Audu Maikori after 24 hours in detention.
His release was confirmed by his personal assistant, Edward Israel-Ayide on micro blogging site, Twitter.
“Thanks everyone for#FreeAudu He’s been released,” Israel-Ayide tweeted on Saturday evening.
Recall that the Chocolate City boss was arrested in Lagos, southwest Nigeria on Friday afternoon and was flown to the Police Headquarters in Abuja.
According to several reports online, the Chocolate City boss was arrested on the orders of the Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai.
Before Maikori’s release, former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, wrote on micro blogging site, Twitter on Saturday that Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, was planning to take the Chocolate City boss to court on Monday before she intervened.
Ezekwesili revealed that she had pleaded with El-Rufai to accept Maikori’s apology for posting false information about the Southern Kaduna crisis online.
Recall that Mr. Maikori had three weeks ago, sent out a false information alleging that the College of Education in Gidan-Waya, Kaduna was on the verge of being attacked, an information that was denied by the College.
Disappointed with his false statement, Maikori apologized to the College of Education in Gidan-Waya, Kaduna and the Kaduna State Government, for sending out false information about an attack on the school.
Maikori at the time claimed that six students of the school were killed by Fulani herdsmen, including his driver’s younger brother.
The College of Education released a statement denying the incident and Maikori faced a lot of backlash on social media, with many saying he posted fake pictures.
Mr. Maikori later published a retraction on his Facebook page and claimed his driver, a certain Simon Joseph, misled him.