The Nigerian Navy has said that its personnel and comedian, Cute Abiola is serving a one-month punishment for ridiculing the Nigerian police.
The Instagram comedian was arrested on November 15, 2021, but has been released from detention to serve his ‘light corrective punishment’ in the cantonment.
According to the Nigerian Navy, he was placed on one-month ‘extra duty’ for wearing police uniform in one of his skits and for ridiculing the Nigeria Police Force in the process. He is expected to end his punishment by December 15, 2021, and would be allowed to return home to his family.
Naval spokesperson, Commodore Suleman Dahun told Punch’s Saturday Beats that Cute Abiola was given a light punishment of a ‘one-month extra duty’ after a military trial.
“Cute Abiola has been placed on one-month extra duty after he was tried. He will be in charge of cleanship; supervising painting, electricians, carpentry, cutting of grasses, and others. He will be supervising civilians.
“He is no longer under detention. He has been released to move around to serve his punishment.
“Because he was detained on November 15, that one month will start counting from then, which means he is going to be engaged till December 15. By then, he will be off the extra duty.”
Another military source told the publication that an extra duty means that the comedian is the “Minister of Works in the Barracks” for the period of the punishment.
He added that Cute Abiola should know better as a military man and should not have appeared in a police uniform in one of his skits, let alone ridicule the sister agency in the process.
His lawyer, Fatai Adebanjo confirmed the development and expressed delight, saying the wife and mother of the Kwara-born comedian who had been distressed since the ordeal began would be relieved.