The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students has declared a nationwide protest to demand the release of a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Aminu Mohammed, who was arrested and sent to prison over a tweet on Aisha Buhari, wife of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
NANS President, Usman Barambu, in a statement tendered to Punch on Thursday, noted the protest, which would commence on Monday, would be indefinite until Mohammed regained freedom.
it was gathered that Mohammed was reportedly picked up by security operatives who traced him to Jigawa and brought to him Abuja in November.
He was arraigned at the Federal Capital Territory High Court presided by Justice Halilu Yusuf and subsequently remanded at the Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State for allegedly damaging the reputation of the first Lady.
NANS had earlier apologised to the First Lady while also calling for the student’s release. This not working, NANS said it had exhausted options of consultation and consolidation, and would thereby be confronting.
“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.
“We have consulted and consolidated which yielded no desirable results in seeking the freedom of Mohammed, hence, the protest shall commence as follows: Monday, December 5, 2022 nationwide.
“Please note that our demonstration shall continue until he is released unconditionally,” the statement said.
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