Nigerians have pleaded for the release of a popular prankster, Moruf Abdullah (Trinity) who was remanded, arguing that he was only looking for ways to survive and provide for his family through his skit-making work.

On Tuesday, a family court in Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State, remanded Trinity Guy, also known as Maruf Abdullahi, in the Agodi Correctional Center until August 31 for alleged sexual abuse of a ten-year-old girl.

The presiding Magistrate, P. O. Adetuyibi, issued an order for Abdullahi, aged 31, as well as the child’s parents, Isiaka Ahmed (aged 40) and his wife Rofiat Ahmed (aged 29), to remain in custody at Agodi.

Recall that Trinity Guy has been remanded in the Agodi Correctional facility on the 26th of June over the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in his skit-making.

Pranks in Nigeria 

In recent years, the skit-making industry in Nigeria has experienced significant growth and popularity, with numerous talented individuals emerging as social media influencers and content creators. 

One of These skits is prank,  often humorous and relatable, have gained a massive following both within Nigeria and abroad.

However, with the rise of fame and success, one particular incident that has garnered attention involved a prankster known as Moruf Abdullah, popularly referred to as “Trinity Guy.” 

Moruf Abdullah had risen to fame through his prank-skits, which showcased his wit, humor, and unique style. His content had garnered a large following, and he had become a recognizable face in the Nigerian skit-making community.

Unfortunately, Moruf Abdullah found himself embroiled in a serious controversy when allegations emerged that he had harassed a minor.

Following the allegations, the Nigerian public, along with various advocacy groups, demanded swift action and justice for the victim. Law enforcement agencies launched an investigation into the matter, and the prank-making community, as well as the general public, awaited the outcome with keen interest.

In response to the controversy, the prank-making industry in Nigeria has undergone increased scrutiny and self-reflection. 

Content creators and influencers are becoming more aware of their responsibilities and the potential consequences of their actions. 

While the incident involving Moruf Abdullah has undoubtedly cast a shadow on the prank-making industry in Nigeria, it is crucial to remember that it does not define the entire community.

He’s just looking for ways to survive, Nigerian ls pleaded

The news of the court’s action prompted an outpouring of pleas on social media from Nigerians, urging the government to temper justice with mercy on his behalf. 

He’s just looking for ways to survive,” pleaded Bayo Kole Akinmoladun, emphasizing the need to show mercy. 

He showed empathy as he added, “They should just free the guy; he has learned his lesson. Let him have his freedom so that he can think of other things to do with the money he has made so far.”

Segun John, with a hint of frustration, remarked, “People that are supposed to be remanded in prison are walking freely in society today, while those that are supposed to be free are in prison because of a bad and confused government.”

Onikoyi Oluwakemi Omowunmi suggesting a more lenient approach said, “They should just give this guy a warning and make him sign an undertaking that such behavior would not reoccur,” she suggested, hoping for a second chance for the young man.

Suleiman Mudashir, appealed, “Please, let this serve as a warning. He has also learned one or two lessons from this experience.” There was a sense of understanding in his words, recognizing that mistakes can lead to growth and change.

Damilola Olushola, expressing concern for the young man’s daughter, appealed for compassion, “Who is going to take care of the daughter now? Which stage do you think the daughter is at and her seniors? After you take your law, just remember that the parents will be looking at their daughter, knowing that she sent them to prison.” Damilola urged consideration for the daughter’s future, highlighting the potential long-lasting effects of the situation on her life.

Adepoju Akorede, who acknowledged being a fan of pranks, advocated for responsible conduct. 

He shared, “Pranks are part of what entertains us, but they should be done within reasonable limits—safe, healthy, and sensible to a common man.” 

His words carried a sense of wisdom and an understanding that actions should not harm or infringe upon the rights of others. Adepoju called for lessons to be learned and for the establishment of laws to regulate pranks in Nigeria.

Oluwaferanmi Kingsley Michael, while expressing disapproval of the young man’s actions, raised a critical question. He pondered, “Why are the courts always very firm and fast in dealing with the masses but always slow when it involves the political elites who have been toying with the destinies of tens of millions of people?” 

His words echoed the sentiment shared by many, questioning the fairness and efficiency of the justice system.

In a heartfelt plea, Patrick Ayim expressed his hopes for divine intervention and mercy, acknowledging the inherent fallibility of human beings. 

He said, “May the Lord graciously intervene in your situation, extending mercy to you as a first-time offender. Remember, as imperfect human beings, we all make mistakes. My sincere advice is to retrace your footsteps upon regaining your freedom and ensure you stay within the boundaries of what is right. Wishing you the best of luck on this journey.”

Reflecting on the incident, Moet Mojiri Can acknowledged that he had gone too far with his prank. 

He wrote, “That prank definitely went too far, but despite that, my prayer is that he finds solace in God’s mercy. May the Almighty grant him freedom, and may every heart involved in his case be touched by the divine in the name of Christ.”

Showing compassion and understanding, Adorable Blessing White Diamond believed that he had learned his lesson through difficult experiences. 

“It appears that he has learned his lessons the hard way. Let us find it in our hearts to forgive him for his wrongdoing.” She said.

Boluwatife Adedokun is a passionate journalist, who writes to ameliorate societal ills. As a young journalist, she aims to have a society devoid of corruptions by righting the wrongs with the power of pen. Her enthusiasm towards speaking for the masses has engendered her publication in different national dailies and she wish to be more impactful through her stories.

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