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Police arrest, release Sani, 25 others over protest against Blair

By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJA—Civil Society activist, Mallam Shehu Sani and 25 others were yesterday arrested by the Police in Abuja following the protest march by some groups he led against the role Tony Blair and some American leaders allegedly played in the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The activist and his group were latter released by the FCT Police Command after he (Sani) was said to have signed a letter ensuring that the group he led  will not constitute themselves into destructive elements in the Federal Capital city.

Spokesman for the FCT Command, Superintendent of Police, Jimoh Moshood told Vanguard that Mallam Shehu Sani was arrested yesterday by the Police because it was alleged that he recruited 25 hoodlums from Dei-Dei and Area I districts of the Federal Capital to embark on a protest.

His words, “I don’t know the reason for which Sani and his group organised the protest action and he is entitled to his protest action. Protest is allowed. But a situation where hoodlums are recruited to embark on such action is what the police will not sit by and allow because of its dangerous implication”.

Disclosing that Mallam Sani and his group were released after signing an undertaking, the Police spokesman said they had all be allowed to go home.

Vanguard learnt that the protesters were in Abuja to protest the visit of former British Prime minister, Tony Blair.


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