Concerned Nigerians condemn alleged invasion of AI’s office by protesters Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/08/concerned-nigerians-condemn-invasion-of-amnesty-international-office/

By AdvocateNews on 03/08/2019

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,029

Adeyanju
Adeyanju

...decry arrest of blogger by DSS

Pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, has condemned what it described as the invasion of the office of the Amnesty International by some protesters and he alleged arrest of a blogger by the Department of States Services, DSS.

The group, in a statement by its Convener, Deji Adeyanju and Ms. Hauwa Abdulsalam, its National Secretary, claimed the blogger did nothing to have warranted his arrest.

The group said the arrest of the blogger and what it described as the intimidation of Amnesty International, AI, was an affront on the country’s democracy.
Accroding to the group,

“Concerned Nigerians condemn in its entirety, the gestapo arrest of a public affairs analyst based in Kaduna, Mr. Abu Hanifa Dadiyata, a fierce critic of Kano State Government by officers and Men of the Department of State Services.

Mr. Dadiyata, Concerned Nigerians group learned, was whisked away from his Kaduna home at the early hours of Thursday morning by the DSS.

This gestapo action by men of the State Security Service is an aberration and against the tenets of democracy.

“To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Dadiyata has done nothing wrong other than holding the government at the center and that of Kano where he hails from accountable.

The arrest of this young, vibrant and energetic activist by the DSS, is a clear affront on Freedom of Speech.

“A free press is one of the building blocks of our democracy. Without it, democracy is in danger. Nigerians, regardless of their political beliefs, have the right to stand up and ask government tough questions.

“We are equally concerned about the continuous harassment and intimidation of Amnesty International by agents of government. It’s shameful that agents would constantly besiege office of the Amnesty International at the nation’s capital, asking them to vacate the country.

“The arrest of Dadiyata and harassment of Amnesty International represent a dangerous attack on civil freedom, and an escalation of the hostile treatment of civil society.

“Without the freedom of speech and of peaceful assembly, Nigeria will be a breeding ground for corruption.  Abuse of power will continue to hold back the development and prosperity of the country if citizens are being hounded for holding an opinion on issues of governance in the country.

“Amnesty International is a responsible organization with a mandate to protect rights of persons. Labelling them criminals and agents of destabilization because of their fearless stance on the abuse of human right in the country further shows the desperation to silent critics and dissenting voices.

“We want to reiterate again that the Authorities must not harass the #RevolutionNow group which has scheduled its protest, ‘Day Of Rage’ on the 5th of August. Nigerians must be allowed to exercise their fundamental right as enshrined in our constitution.

“No nation thrives in an atmosphere of fear. The authorities should be more concerned about the rising insecurity in the country. The primary duty of any responsible government is to protect life and property of her citizens.

“We therefore ask the Department of State Services to immediately release Mr. Dadiyata or charge him to court for onward trial.”

Posted 03/08/2019 12:34:02 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
2019 and Ugwuanyi’s Enduring Legacies

Tragedy as lightning strike kills three FRSC officials...

Offor donates $30m Medical Equipment to Nigeria, 18...

FG begs workers to accept N24,000 new minimum...

No fixed date for reopening of schools –...

Coronavirus: 67 Catholic priests die in Italy

Drunk driver hits General Buratai’s car, ADC injured...

Businessman attacks Keyamo in court over Buhari appointment...

Court Orders Movement Of Dino Melaye To Abuja...

FG writes UK, USA over alleged hacking of...

Nine million Nigerians lost jobs under Buhari, says...

Gov. Ugwuanyi grants free medical treatment to HIV...

 

Latest News NASS lauds Ugwuanyi’s leadership qualities Libel: Wike sues ThisDay for N7bn Nigerians question minister over claims FG spent N523m on school feeding during lockdown IPMAN orders sale of petrol at N150 per litre RevolutionNow: DSS rearrests Bakare, three others Man U qualify for Europa League quarter-final Army speaks on Soldiers involved in Ebonyi bullion van robbery in which four policemen died Female soldier raped by bandits appeals dismissal Ohanaeze passes vote of confidence on President-General, Chief John Nwodo Al-Qaeda infiltrates Nigeria through North-West – United States Akwa Ibom APC Chairman is dead Nigerians not banned from visiting Dubai, official clarifies

 

Most Read I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (38,302 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (26,394 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (17,724 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (17,453 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (17,010 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (16,586 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (16,275 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (15,425 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (14,417 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (14,260 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (13,750 views) France wins 2018 World Cup Final (13,064 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (3,175) EDITORIAL (11) POLITICS (451) SOCIETY (120) SPORTS (30) BUSINESS (314) HEALTH (42) EDUCATION (32) ENTERTAINMENT (18) INTERNATIONAL (71) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (1) LETTERS (1) OPINION (22)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands