Four Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) members in Niger State have been arrested by the police for allegedly sponsoring the protest against fuel subsidy removal which turned violent
LEADERSHIP gathered that four ACN stalwarts in the state - former chairman, North Central, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Magaji, Alhaji Idris Azozo, Alhaji Dattijo Aliyu, and former Secretary to the Niger State Government, Comrade Adams Erena, were on Tuesday invited to police headquarters along with former senior assistant to Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, Mike Barde. They were still with the police at the time of filing this report.
LEASDERSHIP gathered that police acted on a list of eight persons attached to a petition who, it alleged, had sponsored the protest which led to violence during the recent nationwide anti-fuel subsidy removal protest.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Richard Oguche, confirmed to journalists that the suspects were being investigated over a petition which accused them of participating in and sponsoring violent protest.
He disclosed that the statements of those arrested had been taken and that the police had commence investigation to determine their culpability or otherwise. If found wanting, the ACN stalwarts would be charged for criminal conspiracy and mischief.
When contacted, the Vice Chairman of the ACN in the state, Alhaji Aminu Bello insisted that action was “politically motivated and aimed at harassing, embarrassing and intimidate oppositions in the state due to the anger of the people over the lack of performance by government which was manifested in the protest.”