CNG Press Briefing Stopped, National Officials Allegedly Picked By Security


    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    The BOT Chairman of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Nastura Ashir Shariff and the national Coordinator, Balarabe Rufai have been picked by men suspected to be Security personnel on  Thursday, February 04, 2021.

    A statement signed by the Spokesperson CNG, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, made available to our correspondent said that reasons for their arrest is yet known as they are still working to establish connection with them or trace where they were taken to. 
    “Both their phone lines have been unreachable for the past two hours.It may not be unconnected with a planned press briefing by the CNG at the NAF club Kaduna which was botched by the security,” it added. 
    The statement said that the Kaduna DSS director had called them earlier Thursday and tried to threaten them against going ahead with the briefing. 
    “We stood our grounds and insisted on our right to freedom of association and expression.
    “A few minutes afterwards, we were called from the NAF Club and informed that they were ordered from above to refuse us the use of the Hall.
    “We then went to tell the pressmen who were already gathered at the venue and told them of the development and asked them to disperse because we have suspended the briefing.
    “As we left the NAF Club and were driving along adjacent Nagogo road ,a hooded Peugeot car blocked the lead car which was conveying the two officials and ordered them into the Peugeot and sped off,” it informed.


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