Nigeria’s secret police have arrested four members of the pan-Arewa socio-political organisation, under the aegis of the Coalition of Northern Group, in Kano during a protest against insecurity and bad governance.
The group’s spokesperson, Abdulazeez Suleiman, revealed this in a statement on Saturday, saying those arrested by operatives of Department of State Services are Nastura Sharif, Balarabe Rufai, Aminu Adam and Muhammad Nawaila.
According to him, the CNG officials were invited by the DSS in Kano where they were detained.
He said, “The #EndInsecurityNow protests against the rampant killings in Northern Nigeria and displacement of hundreds of communities has come under intense pressure and intimidation in the last few hours by the DSS which is hell-bent on suppressing the tearful voice of northerner.
“The development saw officials of the CNG, Nastura Sharif, Balarabe Rufai, Aminu Adam and Dr Muhammad Nawaila being invited by the DSS in Kano where they were held from 11pm on Friday to 2.15am on Saturday.
“Throughout their stay at the DSS office, they were incommunicado, not answering calls on their phones and not returning same. We are on the alert.”
Suleiman had at a press conference in Abuja declared that the protests with the hashtag #EndInsecurityNow, which have been slated for the 19 Northern States followed the wave of insecurity and other challenges in the Northern region.
The protests would be aimed at drawing the attention of president Muhammadu Buhari and governors of the 19 Northern states to the plight of the region concerning insecurity, he said.