Global human rights organization Amnesty International criticized the federal government for arresting Nastura Sharif, who organized a series of protest against President Muhammadu Buhari regime.
Amnesty spokesman Isa Sanusi sent a text message which which urged the government to consider releasing Sharif who is the chairman board of trustees of the northern coalition group.
Sanusi wrote that the Nigerian government must unconditionally and with immediate effect release Nastura Ashir Sharif.
He mentioned that he is just demanding that the security agencies should properly do their job. He said arresting him seems to be an attempt to intimidate and harass him and others for peaceful exercise of freedom of assembly and speech. Protest is not a crime, it is right. Arbitrary arrest of protesters is a violation of the Nigerian and international human rights law.
Protesters led by Sharif demanded the resignation of Governor Aminu Masari, who admitted that the security situation had overwhelmed his government.
Protest group operations director Aminu Adam said in a statement on Wednesday that the police arrested Sharif after a “peaceful protest”.
He stated that after the protests, Sanusi Buba, Katsina State Police Commissioner called a meeting with the leaders of the group.
Adam said that the five members of the group, including himself and Sharif, had answered the police invitation, and since then, the leader of the group has been detained.
A part of the statement reads that the Commissioner took them to a police team which was led by the leader of the police intelligence agency, who took them to Abuja. They drove from Katsina to Abuja with the police in a white bus and a hilux.
Meanwhile, before they entered the headquarters in Abuja, they were told that Sharif was arrested for organizing the protest and was in detention.
The Police Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said that when our reporter contacted him on Wednesday, he did not know who arrested him.
The Presidency called on young people to stop protests on Tuesday, adding that this is affecting the morale of security personnel.