Controversy has surrounded the alleged arrest of Aminu Adamu, a critic of the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
Although the police have denied arresting Adamu, the Federal University Dutse in Jigawa State confirmed that the student was arrested for making an alleged derogatory post about Mrs Buhari on social media.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Jigawa, ASP Lawal Shiisu told Channels Television that the police got to know about the alleged arrest in the media.
“We only heard that a Federal University Dutse student was arrested in Jigawa. We are not responsible for that and no security agency informed us on the development,” he said.
However, when contacted, the spokesperson for the Federal University Dutse, Abdullahi Anako in a statement confirmed the arrest but disassociated the university from the post he made on Twitter.
According to him, Aminu Adamu made the post while the university was on break and he acted in his capacity not as a student of the Federal University Dutse.
“He was trailed to Dutse and was arrested by an unidentified security personnel. However, the university authorities have spoken to the parent who have already engaged the services of a lawyer to handle the matter and they are hopeful of amicable resolution soon,” he said.
Adamu, a final year student in the Department of Environmental Management and Taxocology, at the Federal University Dutse, Jigawa, was alleged to have made the post criticising Mrs Buhari.
Neither the President’s wife nor the Presidency has reacted to the matter as of press time.
Meanwhile, the alleged arrest of Adamu has caused a social media storm with thousands of users calling for his release.
Also, global rights organisation, Amnesty International has called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of the 23-year-old student.
—For a tweet on the First Lady of Nigeria #Aisha Buhari, #Aminu Muhammed is still held incommunicado since his arrest on 8 November by Nigerian security operatives.
—While unlawfully detained, he was subjected to severe beating and other forms of ill-treatment.
— Amnesty International Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) November 28, 2022
Also, Activist Aisha Yesufu demanded the release of the student.
Who is Aisha Buhari that an aggrieved citizen cannot talk about? Those of you talking about her so called powers need to ask yourselves whether you are citizens or slaves.
Duniya budurwar wawa!https://t.co/StlVZBaGHk
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) November 27, 2022
Lawyer Inibehe Effiong condemned the “reckless abuse of power and demand the immediate release of Aminu Adamu”.
I unreservedly deprecate this reckless abuse of power and demand the immediate release of Aminu Adamu Muhammed, a student of Federal University Dutse.
— Inibehe Effiong (@InibeheEffiong) November 26, 2022