Police, DSS Seal Off Kano Press Centre Over Planned Protest By Northern Groups

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The officers of the Department of Security Service (DSS), the Nigerian police and other security agencies on Wednesday sealed off the Kano State secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ (Press Centre).

This happened after the Coalition of Northern Groups disclosed its plan to use the Press Centre as the venue of a peaceful protest against the deteriorating insecurity in the country.

Daily Trust gathered that the organisers of the protest made a post on social media to invite the public.

However, the protest did not hold as security vehicles with fully armed personnel were stationed and spread across the street while the gate of the press centre was shut.

Speaking in front of the centre, Barrister Abba Hikima, one of the conveners, said, “The essence of this procession is to protest and show our anger on the happenings and the way things are going on in this country security-wise.

“Everyone in this country regardless of where he comes from is aware of the nature of insecurity in Nigeria and people are aware that nobody is sleeping with his two eyes closed right now and nobody is doing anything about it.

“Our leaders don’t seem to care but only concerned about things that are not important – book launch and others. That is why we are here to call on this government that we are the electorates that send them over there. They are supposed to be our servants.

“Constitution of Nigeria confers sovereignty on the people of this country. We have it not the leaders. They should wake up to their responsibilities and do what they have to do else, we will come here to protest and protest forever until they do what they have to do.

“We don’t have to write to the police or anybody before we can come out and protest. This is a decision if the court and this is the provision of section 39 in the Constitution of Nigeria.”

Reacting to the development, the Kano State chairman of NUJ, Abbas Ibrahim, said, “What we know is that a group called Coalition of Northern Groups informed us of a press briefing where they wanted to use the Press Centre. But when our attention was drawn to it in the late hours of yesterday, we declined the permission and asked them to use another place. We have not granted permission to anybody to come here and start a protest.”

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