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After SSS grilling, convener of #NoMoreBloodshed in Kano dissociates self from protest

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By Mohammed Dahiru

One of the conveners of the #NoMoreBloodshed in Kano, Zainab Naseer Ahmed, has dissociated herself from the protest, moments after coming out of custody of the State Security Service, SSS.

Ms Zainab was earlier invited by the SSS for questioning over her involvement with protests organized across some northern states and the FCT to draw the attention of the government over escalating insecurity in the North, following the gruesome killing of at least 42 travellers in a bus in Sokoto.

After spending about two hours in custody of the SSS, Ms Ahmed took to her Facebook page, saying she is no longer going to participate in the protest.

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“I want to let people know that from today, I’m dissociating myself from the protest that started today. I’m kindly advising my Kano people to stay away from tomorrow’s protest.

“I’m aware of some issues, and I’m worried about the safety of people and I don’t want anyone to be hurt due to such action. It could be very risky for people to protest tomorrow in Kano due to the information I heard about the plans to hijack and cause chaos for some political interest.

“I advise us to stay at home for our SAFETY. I was invited for a friendly discussion by the DSS. It is not about me or you, rather the interest of the state. Peace,” she wrote, calling on other protesters to boycott the protest as well.

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Efforts to reach Ms Ahmed for comment was not successful as her phone was switched off as at press time.

Earlier today, youths stormed the streets of some Northern cities over the widespread killings in the region.

Although Nigeria is currently facing a high wave of insecurity, bandits and terrorists have stepped up attacks in the north despite efforts of the government to contain them.

The protesters, who were wielding placards, have organised the protests simultaneously in Kano, Bauchi, Zamfara, Sokoto States and Abuja.

Chanting songs of peace, the protesters called on President Muhammadu Buhari and governors to show more interest in tackling insecurity.

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Following the protest, President Muhammadu Buhari deployed a high-level security team to the troubled Katsina and Sokoto states.

The president made the disclosure in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

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