Illegal detention of social media trolls risky, Mr Macaroni warns

By Tosin Brown

Popular Nigerian content creator and actor Adebowale “Debo” Adedayo, known as Mr Macaroni, has voiced strong opposition to the illegal detention of citizens, warning that it poses a serious threat to society.

His remarks have come in the wake of actress Toyin Abraham’s decision to pursue legal action against an online influencer, Ayo, for bullying and trolling.

In a series of posts on X, Mr Macaroni criticized Abraham’s actions without directly naming her. He recounted his own experiences with trolls allegedly aligned with the Nigerian ruling political party, noting that he has never resorted to illegal arrests or detentions.

“If anyone insults you or defames your character, go to court and seek justice. APC trolls insult me and tell so many lies against my person. I have never for once used the police to illegally arrest or detain anyone and never will I. There is serious danger in using the police to illegally detain citizens. I hope those of you supporting this abuse of power won’t cry foul when you or your loved ones are the victims,” he wrote.

Mr Macaroni clarified that his stance does not support online bullying and harassment, which he strongly condemns.

He urged those affected to seek justice through legal means rather than leveraging connections in government for illegal detentions.

“It may favour you now, but think about tomorrow when you no longer have that power or the closeness to that power. It might not be you, it might be someone you care about,” he added.

In another post, Mr Macaroni emphasized the importance of due process and legal rights.

“Don’t let the police illegally detain or torture anyone on your account. The law is clear on these things. There is a stipulated period for which you can hold an accused. Don’t deny them access to their lawyers. Don’t detain their family or friends. In summary, don’t do any injustice while seeking justice,” he stated.

Concluding his remarks, Mr Macaroni called for civility and respect in both online and offline interactions, highlighting the need to treat everyone with dignity. “Peace,” he signed off.

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