The Nigerian Navy has announced that popular comedian, Cute Abiola, is in their custody and not missing after he was declared missing by friends and family.
A comedian Mr Macaroni had earlier on Tuesday taken to his Instagram page to announce that his colleague Cute Abiola was missing since Monday, November 15 when he went to his office at Navy town.
The Navy in a statement signed on Wednesday by Commodore Suleman Dahun said Cute Abiola, with real name Abdulgafar A. A is Naval personnel and is being held in his unit for violating the Armed Forces of Nigeria social media policy.
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The statement was titled, ‘Cute Abiola Is Not Missing – Navy.’
It reads, “The attention of the Nigerian Navy has been drawn to an online news story which claims that naval personnel, OSCOMP Abdulgafar AA, who incidentally is a popular comedian known as Cute Abiola, has gone missing.
“The Nigerian Navy wishes to categorically debunk this false news report currently trending online.
“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 of 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 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.”
See the statement below…
Comedian, Debo Adebayo popularly known as Mr Macaroni had earlier raised an alarm that his colleague Cute Abiola was missing.
Macaroni on his Instastories, said he received a message that the comedian was missing and his family members were yet to hear from him.
His post was titled, “The Cute Abiola is missing.”
“Ahmed Gafar is popularly known as The Cute Abiola; left his house for office at Navy Town at 06:00 Am on the 15th November 2021 and got to the office at about 07:00 am or thereafter. While he got to the office, he called his wife and associates that he had gotten to the office.
“Subsequently, his wife and other associates have made several attempts to contact him but to no avail. Since he last communicated with his wife and associates that he already got to the office, he has not returned to his family and no one has heard from him till this moment.
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“It was subsequently gathered from a reliable source that he has been locked up in the Nigerian Navy cell since he got to the office yesterday morning till the time of posting this information without being fed and no date has been stated for his release from custody.
“The most frustrating part is that nobody is talking anything as to the offence he has committed, but that he’s been detained on an order from the Nigerian Navy Headquarters.
“This unfortunate situation has rendered his wife emotionally tortured and traumatised as the Cute Abiola is an Ulcer patient. Hence, not feeding an Ulcer patient as punishment for an undisclosed offence is something to be worried about with the view to avoiding unnecessary circumstance with regards to the health of The Cute Abiola.”
After the press statement by the Nigerian Navy, Macaroni in another post on his Instagram appreciated them for the clarification.
“According to this report by the Nigerian Navy, Cute Abiola is safe and not missing. He is under custody for breaching the Armed Forces social media policy.
“With this, details concerning his whereabouts have been laid to rest,” Macaroni said in his post.