Usman Barambu, the president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has revealed how operatives of the Nigeria Police Force apprehended a Twitter user Aminu Mohammed for making a jest about Nigeria’s first lady Mrs. Aisha Buhari.
Barambu also alleged the police operatives tortured the undergraduate.
Mohammed, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, had tweeted that Mrs. Buhari fed fat on public funds. Mohammed’s whereabouts was unknown days after his tweet, until it became public that the authorities got him arrested.
In his statement on Tuesday, the leader of the students’ body, Barambu said the police from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja,
He explained that he and some members of Mohammed’s family visited “at the police unit in Wuse Zone 2. (Abuja)”, where he was kept.
“On November 18, 2022, the police from Abuja tracked Mohammed to the Federal University Dutse and picked him without any written/verbal invitation or informing the school management or his family,” Barambu said.
The NANS President said Mohammed was taken straight to the Presidential Villa, where he was allegedly brutalised, beaten, maltreated and humiliated by the police “on the orders of Aisha Buhari, after which he was unlawfully detained at a police facility at Wuse Zone II till date.
“I, alongside our team of lawyers, met with Mohammed at the police facility where he confirmed the incident to me.
Until now, Mohammed has not been arraigned by any competent court of law or granted bail by the police.
“We want to, on behalf of all the Nigerian students, tender our unreserved apology to the First Lady Aisha Buhari, for the action of Mohammed which might have caused her and her family pains. However, as leaders and public office holders, we must overlook some criticisms if we want to really forge ahead and do the right thing,” Barambu said.
“We demand a detailed explanation by the Nigeria Police on why they will go to the school premises and ‘kidnap’ a student without due process and took him straight to the Presidential Villa where he was brutalised which violates his fundamental human rights,” the statement said.
NANS said Mohammed had sustained various injuries and had not accessed any proper medical attention. “We call on the police as a matter of national interest and urgency to release Mohammed unconditionally or be prepared to face the Nigerian students.
“However, we are calling on our teeming students to be careful and apply decorum in dealing with people especially our leaders. They should be mindful of what they post on social media.
“We want to inform the general public to be patient as we await response and actions from the Inspector General of Police on a letter earlier sent to his office,” the president added.