A student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology , Ogbomoso , has spent nearly two months in police custody for allegedly setting up a Twitter parody account of former President Goodluck Jonathan .
A parody account is a type of profile on social media that is named after popular persons and used mainly for comic purposes . Twitter rules allow for parody accounts on the condition that the operator of the account indicates this on his profile page .
On his Twitter profile page , Olusola informed his 46 , 400 followers that the account was a parody one.
His profile read in part, “BrezzisLife, not GEJ .
According to several tweets, the student , Babatunde Olusola, reportedly set up an account on Twitter using Jonathan ’ s profile photo with the name Goodluck E . Jonathan but with the handle , ‘@jayythedope ’.
Through the handle , Olusola reportedly fired many witty comments including some subtle jabs at Jonathan ’s wife, Patience.
However , the student was said to have been arrested on May 23 , 2020 .
@djsheylex tweeted on Wednesday , “Twitter influencer @ jayythedope has been in detention at the Force Crime Investigation Department over a tweet he made weeks ago regarding the ex-President ’s wife . He ’s been in detention for 53 days and he clearly stated it was parody .”
Speaking with The PUNCH on Friday , a human rights lawyer , Tope Akinyode , said the student was arrested after a complaint by the former President to the Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu .
Policemen were said to have obtained information of Olusola’ s call log record from a telecommunications service provider .
The call history linked him to his uncle, a pastor in Ogbomoso , Oyo State , who was immediately placed under house arrest by the Special Anti- Robbery Squad operatives and was ordered to invite Olusola to his residence for onward arrest , which was done .
Akinyode said Olusola was subsequently taken to Abuja .
He said , “I was informed that it was one of the aides to former President Jonathan that saw the parody account on Twitter and informed his boss . Jonathan immediately reported to the IG and that was how investigations began .
“Olusola was subsequently arrested at Ogbomoso and brought down to Abuja .”
The student was subsequently charged for impersonation and contravening the Cybercrime ( Prohibition , Prevention, Etc ) Act of 2015 .
His bail was fixed at N 500 ,000 while a civil servant of not less than level 15 is expected to stand as his surety .
“Olusola has no parents and has not been able to meet the bail conditions hence his continued detention . However , we believe he will be out soon ,” Akinyode said .
The lawyer , however , said Section 22 ( 3 ) ( c ) of the Cybercrime Act places the burden on Jonathan to show that Olusola had used the Twitter account to defraud members of the public or defame his character .
There have been calls for Olusola ’s release on social media in the last three days with the # Freeshola trending at number one on Twitter on Tuesday .
The Spokesman for Jonathan , Mr . Ikechukwu Eze , had yet to respond to a text message two days after The PUNCH sent an inquiry.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba , did not respond to calls .
Jonathan is currently on an ECOWAS assignment in Mali where he is leading peace talks .