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Deji Adeyanju’s group fumes over anti-Amnesty International protest, arrest of Ganduje critic

The pro-democratic and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, has condemned what he described as the invasion of the Amnesty International office by some protesters.

He also condemned the alleged arrest of a blogger by the Department of State Services, DSS. The group, in a statement from its coordinator, Deji Adeyanju and Ms. Hauwa Abdulsalam, his national secretary, said the blogger did nothing to justify his arrest.

The group said the arrest of the blogger and the protest against Amnesty International, AI, was an affront to the country’s democracy.

According to the group, “Concerned Nigerians wholeheartedly condemn the arrest of the Gestapo of a public affairs analyst based in Kaduna, Mr. Abu Hanifa Dadiyata, a fierce critic of the Kano State Government by officers and men from the Department of State Services.

“Sir. The DSS drove Dadiyata, a worried group of Nigerians, out of their home in Kaduna early Thursday morning. This Gestapo action by the men of the State Security Service is an aberration and goes Against the principles of democracy. DSS denies reports that it worked against the electoral process in the state of Rivers (opens in a new browser tab)

“As far as we know, Mr. Dadiyata has done nothing wrong apart from keeping the government in the center and that of Kano, where he is responsible. The arrest of this young, vibrant, and energetic activist by the DSS is a clear affront to Freedom of Speech.

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

“We are equally concerned about the continued harassment and intimidation of Amnesty International by government agents. It is shameful that the agents constantly besiege Amnesty International’s office in the nation’s capital and ask them to leave the country.

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

“Without freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Nigeria will be a breeding ground for corruption. Abuse of power will continue to halt the development and prosperity of the country if citizens are persecuted for having an opinion on issues of governance in the country.

“Amnesty International is a responsible organization with the mandate to protect the rights of people. Labeling them as criminals and agents of destabilization due to their bold stance on human rights abuse in the country further shows the desperation to silence critics and dissenting voices.

“We want to reiterate that the Authorities should not harass the #RevolutionNow group that has scheduled their protest,” Day of Wrath “on August 5.

The Nigerians should 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 growing insecurity in the country.

The primary duty of any responsible government is to protect the life and property of its citizens. Therefore, we ask the Department of State Services to release Mr. Dadiyata immediately or to accuse him of a later trial.”