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Police arrest BudgIT staff for “doing his job”

A project tracking officer with civic advocacy group, Budgit, Moses Motoni, has been arrested by the police on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, reportedly due to a complaint by Kaduna state Senator, Mohammed Sani.

What’s happening?: According to Budgit, Motoni was in Kaduna to track projects and sensitize citizens when the arrest took place. The Network of Police Reform in Nigeria, NOPRIN, said in a statement that the operation to arrest Motoni was “coordinated by Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, that work in Metro Police Station, Enugu Road, Kaduna.” Although as the story developed, BudgIT said “Motoni was tracked and arrested by the Police IG Special Squad, Jabi, Abuja,” seized from Abuja and taken to the SARS office, Old Abbatoir, Abuja.

Budgit which has scheduled a press conference on the matter for 3pm today said Motoni had been invited by the senator the previous day but he did not honour the invitation.

“He later received an invitation from DHL where he was later arrested and transferred to Abuja under the directives of the Inspector General of Police. His phones have been seized and he is being transferred to Abuja. He has been denied the ability to speak to his family, organization or anyone else,” a Budgit staff, Abayomi Akimbo said.

BudgIT disclosed that even though the matter has been reported to the Police Public Complaint Rapid response Unit led by Mr. Yomi Shogunle, it is yet to receive a response. “We will proceed with use of legal channels to seek his release,” BudgIT stated.

Reactions:

  • Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria: “The arrest and manhandling of Moses Motoni, a staff of @BudgiITng is barbaric and totally unacceptable in a democratic setting.”
  • SERAP: “SERAP will pursue appropriate legal action nationally and internationally if Motoni of @BudgITng is not immediately and unconditionally released.”
  • TransparencIT NG: The arrest of @BudgITng staff by the police for doing his work in demanding transparency is repressive height of brutality.”

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