African Leadership Scorecard has been informed that Mike Asukwo, a cartoonist with Businessday who was arrested by troops of the 145 Battalion was subsequently released on Sunday.

He was reportedly arrested by the soldiers on May 8, 2020, and was questioned on what was described by the army as ‘matter he was privy to.’ The Army however 

“In order to correct the erroneous impression created earlier in the social media, Mr Asukwu was never arrested but was invited by the army in Umuahia in respect of an investigation in a matter which he is privy to. He has since via his Facebook page and Twitter handle dismissed the claim that he was arrested. 

“Nigerian Army is not involved in the enforcement of Lockdown and so he was not invited or ‘arrested’ in connection with restriction of movement order as mischievously claimed or reported. Members of the public are please requested to disregard the fake news and the wrong impression earlier created by the report,” we were informed.


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