NANS declares nationwide protest over student’s tweet

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Lagos, Dec. 2, 2022 – The National Association of Nigerian Students (NAN) has declared nationwide protest to demand the release of Aminu Mohammed, a student of a federal university in Dutse, Jigawa State, who was arrested and sent to prison over a tweet on Aisha Buhari, wife of the President Muhammadu Buhari.

NANS President, Usman Barambu,  said in a statement on Thursday that the protest, which would commence on Monday, would be indefinite until Mohammed regained freedom.

NANS had earlier apologised to the wife of the president, while also calling for the student’s release.

NANS said it had exhausted options of consultation and consolidation.

“Sequel to the exhaustion of all options available to us before confrontation in seeking the freedom of one of us, who was arrested in questionable manner, tortured, molested, harassed and detained by agents of government, you are hereby notified of the decision of the leadership of NANS to proceed on a nationwide protest.

Mohammed was picked up by security operatives who traced him to Jigawa and brought him to Abuja in November.

Justice Halilu Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court subsequently remanded Mohammed at the Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State for allegedly damaging the reputation of the first lady. (GBN)

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