Nigerian Navy detains comedian Cute Abiola for violating rules
The Nigerian Navy (NN) said video skit maker Abdulgafar Abiola, popularly known as The Cute Abiola is in its custody for violating its social media policy.
A spokesman for Navy Headquarters, Suleman Dahun, said Cute Abiola was taken into custody for breaching Armed Forces social media policy
“Cute Abiola is not missing,” Dahun said. “He is in custody for breaching Armed Forces Social Media Policy.”
“The Nigerian Navy wishes to categorically debunk this false news report currently trending online.”
The Navy spokesman said, “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 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’ trap 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.
The guidelines also include a ‘Dos and Don’ts’ section, which encouraged officers to always ‘like’ postings by all institutions of the Armed Forces but must not use social media languages such as “LWKMD, LMAO, LOL, OMG, BRB in professional posts.”
The guidelines said Navy personnel will be held liable for any security issues arising from postings in respect of them by civilian friends or relations.
“They are, therefore, to educate their friends and relations as necessary regarding military security and what should not be posted on social media,” the guidelines said.
Navy spokesman Dahun said 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.”