Debo Adedayo, a comedian and activist from Nigeria known as Mr. Macaroni, has described his traumatic encounter with the Nigerian Police.
Remember that he was detained in February 2021 as part of the #OccupyLekkiTollGate demonstration to prevent the reopening of the toll plaza in Lagos.
After the #EndSARS protest in October 2020, the Lekki toll gate was closed down as a result of the shooting of peaceful protesters that converged at the location.
He was arrested together with other demonstrators, police took him to the station and stripped them of every clothe they wore.
He also explained how the security agents beat him mercilessly, in a bid to ‘teach him a lesson’ for challenging the status quo.
He made this statement in an interview, the content creator said the experience made him more angry and it emboldened him to challenge persons in power, including the governor.
Mr Macaroni further said that while he was in the situation, the police berated him for offending the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
He said that because of their threat and mention of the governor, he felt the officers had the Lagos governor’s backing to treat him that way.
He, however, mentioned the role his mum plays in trying to make him ease up on his activism. He also said that he felt sad about the nation after experiencing such inhuman treatment, but he came out stronger from that ordeal.
The actor said there is a difference between his character, Mr Macaroni and him as Debo, is because that is the type of person.
He explained further that if he ever sees someone being treated unjustly, he would stand up to the oppressors.
On whether he would run for political office, Mr Macaroni said that at the moment he has no intention of joining politics.
Watch the interview below:
"Did they (Police) beat you naked?"
Mr Macaroni: pic.twitter.com/sjWjdiL4s3
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