[TR News] Enugu Hausa community protests detention of member

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The Northern community in Enugu, comprising Hausa/Fulani residents, has raised the alarm over the detention of one of their members for more than one year without trial.

Abdullahi Shuaibu, alias IBB, was taken into custody by the Department of State Security on August 19, 2015, and had not been released since then.

A lawyer, Mr. Olu Omotayo of the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, who is spearheading efforts by the Northern community to free Shuaibu, said the 25-year-old man had not been charged to court for any offfence since his incarceration, Shuaibu, before his arrest, was a wholesale seller of goats at the New Artisan market, Enugu.

It was gathered that he represented the goat sellers association before he was picked up by operatives of the DSS over an unspecified matter.

Shuaibu’s father, 74-year-old Pa Abdullahi Shuaibu, from Dambam, Bauchi State, said the DSS had not levelled any clear allegations against his son.

The septuagenarian added that the leaders of the New Artisan market traders association, and the Northern community in Enugu, had tried, unsuccessfully, to get Shuaibu released from the custody of the DSS.

Pa Abdullahi, who said he had lived for 42 years in Enugu before returning to Bauchi a few years ago, stated that Shuaibu and his siblings were born in Enugu, hence their fluency in Igbo language.

Meanwhile, the Enugu Northern community has petitioned the DSS, demanding Shuaibu’s immediate release.

The letter, forwarded to the Director, Department of State Security, Enugu State, was dated September 6, 2016, and signed by their lawyer, Omotayo.

Omotayo, in the letter, described Shuaibu’s detention as unlawful.

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“We submit that it is not only unlawful but also unconstitutional to detain a citizen of this country in the cell of a security agency for over a year without trial,” the lawyer said in the letter.

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