From Ayodele Ajoge, Birnin-Kebbi
Governor Nasiru Idris of Kebbi State has as at weekend sent a delegation from his advisory council to Benin Republic to facilitate the release of ten indigenes of the State arrest and detained in that Country by Security Agents.
They were said to be returning home from Benin Republic on Thursday, June , 2023 when they were reportedly accosted and arrested at Kaini Tunga village of Benin Republic by the security men.
According to a press statement made available by the Chief Press Secretary to Kebbi State Governor, Ahemed Idris explained that the ten men arrested are Yusha’u Mohammed (38), Surajo Likita (25), Suleiman Usman (25), Ibrahim Umar (29), Nazifi Tahiru (18), Babangida Aliu (30), Usama Kabiru (25).Others include Babawo Mohammed (35), Hamisu Dan Ashibi (25) and Ibrahim Rilwanu (25), all from Dandi Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
The statement said Benin Republic’s security personnel tagged them as “Boko Haram sect members,” adding that their monies, phones and other items were forcefully taken away from them.
The report said they were taken to an unknown detention facility in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and all efforts to locate them proved futile.
The government delegation, headed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Shafiu Abubakar, has met with the Ambassador, Federal Republic of Nigeria to Benin Republic and presented a letter to the ambassador seeking his input towards the release of the innocent Nigerians.
Governor Idris charged the delegation to explore all avenues within the ambit of the law to rescue the affected persons alongside their possessions.