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Police arrest leader of coalition over Katsina protest



The Chairman Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Mr. Nastura Sharif, has been arrested by the Nigerian police over Katsina state protest.

The protest was staged against the massive killings in the north.

The group held the protest on Tuesday in Katsina, the hotbed of banditry.

Similar protests are to hold simultaneously in other northern state capitals on Saturday, June 20, 2020, according to a statement issued by the group on Monday.

Sharif’s arrest was announced in Kaduna on Wednesday in a statement by Aminu Adam, the group’s Director of Operations.

Adam said Sharif was arrested by the police after “the peaceful protest”.

The group had lamented over the mass killings in rural communities across the northern states, especially in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Benue demanding president Muhammadu Buhari to sack all service chiefs over failure to secure the country.

According to the group, : “The rise in the spate of violence and bloodshed in Katsina, Borno, Taraba, Sokoto, Kaduna, Zamfara and several other northern communities has become a major trying point for everyone but the President  who has remained detached from the reality.”

Adam announced the arrest saying: “the protest ended peacefully,” the Katsina State Police Commissioner, Mr. Sanusi Buba, invited leaders of the group for an interactive session in his office.

Adam said five of the officials of the group including himself and Sharif honoured the invitation by the police commissioner.

“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 OC (Officer in Charge), 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 Force Headquarters in Abuja, they told us that Sharif is under arrest for the protest and they put him in detention,”.