A text message joke has landed a 21 year-old student of the Kogi State Polytechnic in the custody of the Kogi State command of the State Security Service (SSS).
In the joke, he was alleged to have claimed to be a member of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
Mr James Shadrach, an OND student, who is a Christian allegedly sent text messages to his bossom friend that he must report at the headquarters of the sect in Lokoja.
Parading the alleged suspect before newsmen at the weekend, the SSS said Shadrach (along with others) engaged in using text messages to threaten people and cause panic.
The recipient of the message, Jegede Johnson Monday, who is also a classmate of the suspect, said he received a total of six threat text messages from an unidentified phone number some of which ordered him to report at an unspecified Boko Haram headquarters at Kabawa, a local settlement at the base of Mount Patti in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, which informed his parents’ advise that he should drop from school.
Monday also said one of the text messages named the location of his off campus apartment with the threat that they would pick him up in his home the following morning.
This prompted him to report the case to the SSS who later discovered that the messages were coming from his friend and classmate.
According to Shadrach who hails from Odo – Ere, Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State who insisted that he is not involved in Boko Haram activities; he claimed he was only joking with his friend and that he was not aware of the gravity and implications of the test messages.