- The police force has arrested Nastura Sharif, the leader of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG)
- This was confirmed in a statement signed by the CNG spokesman, Abdul-azeez Suleiman
- Sharif was arrested in Katsina state following the protest by the group against killings in the north
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Nastura Ashir Sharif, the leader of a northern group known as the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), has been arrested following a protest against the increase in killings in the north.
According to a report by Tribune Online, Sharif is being detained presently at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The group in a statement issued and signed by Abdul-azeez Suleiman, the spokesman, stated that Sharif who is the chairman, Board of Trustees of CNG was arrested immediately after the protest in Katsina on Tuesday, June 16.
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This development is coming a day after CNG unveiled its plan to stage protests across all the northern states.
The goal of the protest, according to the CNG, is to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari and all concerned state governors to the incessant killings in the north. The group made this known in a statement released on Sunday, June 14, by its spokesperson.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that no fewer than hundreds of residents of Yan Tumaki in Danmusa local government area of Katsina state on Tuesday, June 9, took to the streets of the town to protest repeated attacks by bandits on the community.
The protesters, comprising grown-up men and children, blamed President Buhari and Governor Aminu Wasari for the spate of insecurity in the state.
One of the protesters said residents of the area now lived in fear as security agencies in the state appear helpless. He said the people might resort to self-defense, noting that such a move may further worsen the security challenges in the country.
In a related development, President Buhari blamed the recent killings in Borno and Katsina states on the current coronavirus lockdown across the country.
The Nigerian leader made this assertion during his national broadcast on Friday, June 12, on the occasion of Nigeria's 21st anniversary of a return to civilian rule.
The president, who expressed regret at the attacks, described the loss of several lives in the attacks as tragic. He also assured that the security agencies will bring the attackers to justice.
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