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50 CSOs Hit Against Harassment of Barr Saida Saad Bugaje by Nigeria Police

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Isiyaku Ahmed

On Wednesday, 16/9/20, about 5pm, Barrister Sa’ida Sa’ad was at her matrimonial home in Kaduna when a group of men and women in mufti banged on the house claiming they were policemen from Kano who had been sent to Kaduna to arrest her, take her to Kano for interrogation and prosecution for defamation against the Kano State Government.

A statement signed by 50 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) said Policemen arrived in an unmarked bus and silver Honda car. They were led by one ASP Zainab. Given the spate of kidnappings in the country and the fact that they had no arrest warrant, she refused to come out of the house and were eventually persuaded to leave.

Then, Friday 18/9/20 afternoon at about 1.15 pm, when most men have gone to the mosque, a team of police came with an arrest warrant. They forced their way into the house asking for Sa’ida and intimidating the house hold, taking pictures of plate numbers of the cars in the house.

Saida was not found in the house, so after sometime they left.

Part of the statement said Sa’ida had many months ago at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic done a short audio clip saying the Kano Governor is trying to make money of the Covid-19 program which went viral and could not have sunk well with the Governor or his supporters. Apparently, it is payback time for the Governor.

According to the statement, Barrister Sai’da Saad is willing and ready for any charges the Kano State Government might have as long as correct procedure is followed. We have a number of questions.

The CSOS are asking, on what authority did these police personnel leave their jurisdiction, come to Kaduna to arrest her without a warrant? And

Why do State Governors feel empowered to illegally use police officials to go to different States in the country to arrest their critics?

Among the CSOs that signed a press statement demanding the immediate stop to the harassment are:

  1. Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
  2. Centre for Democratic Research and Training (CRDDERT)
  3. Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
  4.  Women in Media Initiative
  5.  Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
  6.  Organization for Community Civic Engagement (OCCEN)
  7. Zero-Corruption Coalition (ZCC)
  8. Accountability Maternal New-born and Child Health in Nigeria (AMHiN)
  9. Partners on Electoral Reform
  10. African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)
  11. National Procurement Watch Platform
  12. Say NO Campaign—Nigeria
  13. Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civil Education (CHRICED)
  14. Social Action
  15. Community Action for Popular Participation
  16. Borno Coalition for Democracy and Progress (BOCODEP)
  17. Global Rights
  18. Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE)
  19. Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA)
  20. Tax Justice and Governance Platform
  21. Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria
  22. Women in Nigeria
  23. African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD)
  24. Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre
  25. Community Life Project
  26. Nigerian Feminist Forum
  27. Alliances for Africa
  28. Spaces for Change
  29. Nigerian Women Trust Fund
  30. Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa
  31. BudgiT Foundation
  32. State of the Union (SOTU)
  33. Basic Rights Action
  34. Femi Falana Chamber
  35. Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
  36. Kano Civil Society Forum
  37. Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC)
  38. Network for Development Foundation (NDF)Kano
  39. Professor Jibrin Ibrahim
  40. Senior Fellow Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja
  41. Project Alert
  42. Order Paper
  43. Media Rights Agenda
  44. Centre for Labour Studies
  45. Hauwa Shekarau Chamber
  46. Partners West Africa
  47. International Press Centre
  48. Women’sRights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA)
  49. Socio Economic Rights & Accountability (SERAP)

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