Police harass Dr Bugaje’s wife for criticizing a Governor
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Saida Saad Bugaje, an activist and wife of a renowned politician, Usman Bugaje, is currently facing harassment by the police for criticizing the governor of Kano State over alleged mismanagement of COVID-19 funds, Daily Nigerian reports.
The police reportedly attempted to arrest the activist in her Kaduna home to face charges of criminal defamation.
In a scathing revelations, Mrs Bugage had said in the video that the governor was using the pandemic to enrich himself.
However, 49 Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, have signed a petition, calling on the police to desist from laying siege to Mrs Bugaje’s house.
“On Wednesday, 16/9/20, about 5pm, Barrister Sa’ida Sa’ad was at her matrimonial home in Kaduna when a group of men and women in mufti banged on the house claiming they were policemen from Kano who had been sent to Kaduna to arrest her, take her to Kano for interrogation and prosecution for defamation against the Kano State Government,” the group said.
“They arrived in an unmarked bus and silver Honda car. They were led by one ASP Zainab. Given the spate of kidnappings in the country and the fact that they had no arrest warrant, she refused to come out of the house and were eventually persuaded to leave.
“Then yesterday, Friday afternoon at about 1.15 pm, when most men have gone to the mosque, a team of police came with an arrest warrant. They forced their way into the house asking for Sa’ida and intimidating the household, taking pictures of number plates of the cars in the house. Saida was not found in the house, so after sometime they left.
“Sa’ida had many months ago at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic done a short audio clip saying the Kano Governor is trying to make money of the Covid-19 program which went viral and could not have sunk well with the governor or his supporters. Apparently, it is payback time for the Governor:
“Barrister Sai’da Saad is willing and ready for any charges the Kano State Government might have as long as correct procedure is followed. We have a number of questions:
On what authority did these police personnel leave their jurisdiction, come to Kaduna to arrest her without a warrant?
“Why do State Governors feel empowered to illegally use police officials to go to different States in the country to arrest their critics?”