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We’ve Suffered “Heavy Intimidation” from Security Operatives, But We’ll Reconvene Protest – Barr Abba Hikima

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On Wednesday afternoon, the convener of Kano #SecureNorth protest, Barrister Abba Hikima narrates how he was invited and later released by the Department of Security Service (DSS).

Hikima was said to have been invited for leading a protest against the ‘disturbing’ security challenges in the north, which was planned to be kicked off at Kano Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ (Press Centre).

It was reported that dozens of Security agents comprising operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS), the Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) barricaded the venue and arrested some protesters for questioning.

“I have just been ‘released’ by the DSS. We have made our point straight and clear. Nigerians no longer require permit to protest.” Barr Abba Hikima says.

The young legal practitioner threatened that the Wednesday’s protest was “just a prelude” to the planned series of protests against insecurity in Kano, until Buhari’s government takes serious action that will stop the daily carnage in the north.

He says, “We will continue to hit the streets as it proves to be the only language government listens to.” We will call again at the appropriate time. I believe the message has been sent.”

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Prime Time News learned that, many security operatives were said to have been deployed to the venue of the protest with heavy arms.

Speaking to journalists in-front of the Centre, Barrister Abba Hikima, one of the conveeners, said, “the essence of this precession is to protest and show our anger on the happenings and the way things are going on in this country security-wise.

“Everyone in this country regardless of where he comes from is aware of the nature and security of Nigeria and people are aware that nobody is sleeping with his two eyes closed right now and nobody is doing anything about it.

“Our leaders don’t seem to care but only concerned about things that are not important – book launch and others.

“That is why we are here to call on this government that we are the electorates that send them over there. They are supposed to be our servants.

“Constitution of Nigeria confers sovereignty on the people of this country. We have it not the leaders. They should wake up to their responsibilities and do what they have to do else, we will come here to protest and protest forever until they do what they have to do.

“We don’t have to write to the police or anybody before we can come out and protest. This is a decision if the court and this is the provision of section 39 in the Constitution of Nigeria.”

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