Moses Motoni, a project tracking official at BudgIT Nigeria, an anti-corruption Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has been granted bail by the Nigerian police.
This is coming hours after the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) dragged the Federal Government and Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to the United Nations over the alleged detention of Motoni by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for an offense he was said to know nothing about.
SERAP had in an appeal dated December 6 and sent to four UN special rapporteurs, urged the international body to use their mandates to prevail on the Nigerian government and Nigeria Police to immediately and unconditionally release Motoni.”
Motoni was said to have been arrested by SARS operatives in Kaduna while he was sensitizing citizens on the budget.
But announcing that he was to be granted bail, the Nigeria Police in a statement released on its Facebook Page, denied that Motoni was arrested by SARS operatives. It claimed that it arrested Motoni for inciting public disturbance.
“Moses Motoni is alive, healthy and in good condition. He was not arrested by SARS Operatives and he’s being granted bail.
“Mr. Moses Motoni was not arrested by SARS Operatives but by a Police Team on the case of Inciting Public Disturbance reported against him which occurred on the 1st and 2nd of December, 2017 at Gbako, Tandzun and Bida Villages on Federal Constituency Project.
“The matter is under investigation as Mr. Moses is been released on Bail. The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood visited him. Subsequently, Moses has been asked to reach out to his office and relatives to come take him on bail”, the Police said.
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