17-year-old boy arrested by Nasarawa police for endorsing Gov Almakura senatorial ambition on Facebook

Stephen Tabulo, a 17-year-old boy, has been arrested by the police for reportedly endorsing on Facebook the 2019 senatorial ambition of Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state,

Tabulo was detained by the special Anti-Robbery Squad team of the state police command, acting on the instructions of the commissioner, for insisting on Facebook that Tiv people in Nasarawa South senatorial district would vote massively for Al-Makura in 2019.

The incident was said to have started when Peter Igbacher, an ally of the commissioner, posted a story published in a newspaper with the caption ‘2019: stakeholders plot against Al-Makura’s senatorial ambition’ on his Facebook page.

The post allegedly generated reactions from Tabulo and other members of the constituency which resulted in the teenager’s arrest on Monday, November 6.

The 17-year-old speaking shortly after he was granted bail at the police station, explained that his offence was his open declaration of support for the senatorial bid of the governor in 2019 against the wish of the environment commissioner.

He said: “I am a JSS III student at the Government Secondary School Adudu, Lafia local government area of Nasarawa state. I was in Lafia to visit my elder brother when I decided to contribute to a Facebook discussion on the wall of Peter Igbacher where I declared my full support for the governor.

“The SARS policemen traced me throughout the weekend on the orders of the commissioner and later arrested me on Monday afternoon at the residence of the councillor representing Assakyo Ward, Dauglas Charmeh.

“They told me that my offence was my comment on the Facebook.”

However Tabulo insisted that his detention could not prevent him from supporting Al-Makura in 2019, adding that he would continue to identify with the governor.

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