Eniola Akinkuotu and Godwin Isenyo
LEADER of the Coalition of Northern Groups, Mr. Nastura Sharif, has been arrested by the police in connection with the protest against the massive killings in the North.
Sharif, who’s the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the CNG, was immediately moved to Abuja.
Despite security presence, the CNG held a protest in Katsina on Tuesday over the incessant killings in the North.
The group was said to have planned similar protest in other parts of the region on Saturday.
Sharif’s arrest was announced by the group’s Director of Operations, Aminu Adam, in Kaduna on Wednesday.
According to Adam, Sharif was arrested by the police after the peaceful protest.
He said after the protest ended peacefully, the Katsina State Police Commissioner, Mr. Sanusi Buba, invited leaders of the group for talks in his office.
The statement said, “After the protest ended peacefully, the Katsina State Police Commissioner, Mr. Sanusi Buba, invited us to his office for an interaction during which he told us that the Inspector General of Police wanted to see Sharif.
“The commissioner handed us to a team of policemen headed by the Office- in-Charge of the Federal Operations Bureau (FOB), who led us to Abuja.
“We drove from Katsina to Abuja with the police team in a white bus and a Hilux. However, on getting to the Force Headquarters in Abuja, they told us that Sharif is under arrest for the protest and they put him in detention.”
Amnesty faults FG over arrest
Reacting, Amnesty International faulted the Federal Government for arresting Sharif, the man, who organised protests against the government of the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
A spokesman for Amnesty, Mr. Isa Sanusi, said in a text message sent to The PUNCH that the government must immediately release Sahrif who is the chairman of the board of trustees of the Coalition of Northern Groups.