Amnesty Int’l condemns arrest of Minna protest organisers

Aisha Jibrin, Fatima Aliyu, Fatima Isyaku, arrested Minna women alleged protest leaders

Amnesty International has condemned the Federal Government for the arrest of Aisha Jibrin, Fatima Aliyu, Fatima Isyaku and 22 others in Minna, Niger State, for participating in protest against the staggering cost of living crisis people are facing nationwide.

The women had led the food price protest in Niger State.

The women according to police sources, would soon be arraigned in court.

According to Amnesty International,  on Wednesday, said: “Arresting protesters should not be the priority of the Nigerian authorities at a time millions of people are on the brink of starvation, widespread malnutrition and deep poverty.

“Nigerian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all the protesters.

“People have the right to express discontent peacefully and the state has an obligation to facilitate this right.

“The police resorting to the unlawful use of force, intimidation and harassment to subdue the Minna protestors is an attack on human rights,” it added.

 

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