Four members of the pan-Arewa socio-political organisation under the aegis of the Coalition of Northern Group were reportedly arrested in Kano on Friday by operatives of the Department of State Services during a protest against insecurity and bad governance.
The CNG leaders arrested are Nastura Sharif, Balarabe Rufai, Aminu Adam and Muhammad Nawaila who were invited by the DSS in Kano where they were detained.
The group’s spokesperson, Abdulazeez Suleiman, in a statement on Saturday said:
“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.”