The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested four persons said to be organisers of the #EndInsecurityNow protests demonstrating against insecurity and bad governance of northern Nigeria in Kano State.
The persons on Friday are arrested are Nastura Sharif, Balarabe Rufai, Aminu Adam and Muhammad Nawaila, who are all members of the Coalition of Northern Group (CNG), organisers of the protest.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Abdulazeez Suleiman, the CNG spokesperson, on Saturday.
According to Suleiman, the CNG officials were invited by the DSS office in Kano, where they were detained.
The statement read: “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.
He stated that the protests aim to draw the attention of the President Muhammadu Buhari (retd), and governors of the 19 Northern states to the plight of the region, particularly insecurity.
In the last week, there have been protests across the country with the demonstrators clamouring for and making different demands.