Following the disclosure of plans to protest the arrest and detainment of Aminu Mohammed, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South-West zone, has given supporting reasons for the nationwide protest by its national body.
In a statement signed by the Coordinator of NANS Zone D, Adejuwon Olatunji, on Thursday, the zone condemned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, for allowing the police to be used for a “witch-hunt” "through the backdoor".
Olatunji also decried the use of the judiciary against the commoners.
Mohammed was reportedly traced to his institution's campus in Jigawa by security officers, who arrested and took him to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory where he was remanded by a Federal High Court.
“We find it disturbing to read the news of the abduction and detention of Mohammed. To worsen the issue, Mohammed was arraigned through the backdoor in a Federal Capital Territory High Court.
“It is unbecoming of the Judiciary that the court is being used against the commoners.
“Ordinarily, one would have expected the First Lady to institute a civil case against the student for the opinion he expressed on the social media space if truly his opinion was wrong, rather than chasing him with state agents to the extent that he was abducted and ferried from Dutse to the capital city.
“As an association, we are not shocked that the police are not yet free from undue political interference, but we find it appalling that the IGP, Usman Baba, could allow the institution of the police to be used for a witch-hunt,” the statement read.
The association validated Mohammed's opinion, arguing that “indeed, he expressed the opinion of all Nigerian students both home and in the diaspora that 'while state orphans are at the door and while skeletons swarm and swagger in the palace square, Aisha Buhari gets fatter.'
“It is based on the aforementioned and following the principle of solidarity that we hereby declare an action against the abduction, detention, and backdoor arraignment of Mohammed.
As Nigerian students from the South-West region, we shall commence a rapid stage of action from Monday, December 5, 2022, to express our displeasure against the conduct of Aisha Buhari and the conspiracy by the IGP and also demand for the unconditional release of Mohammed who is being detained against his will in violation of his fundamental rights to dignity of the human person,” the statement concluded.
The controversial arrest and detainment of Mohammed in November over a social media post criticising the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has raised different sentiments, many of which condemned the First Lady's arrest and confinement of the Nigerian student.
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