Niger gov below assault for ordering safety aides to slap cleric

Niger Order Governor, Mohammed Bago, has come below assault for ordering his safety aides to slap one of the vital Islamic clerics at a meeting.

Bago, in a video revealed via Sunday PUNCH, ordered his aide to ‘slap’ the cleric.

“Slap him, very well. I said slap him. Go and arrest him. Deal with him well-well”, the governor ordered.

He thereafter uttered a Hausa idiomatic tone which was once interpreted as “I have power.”

The cleric, who knelt ill, was once dragged clear of the collection via one of the vital safety operatives suspected to be an officer of the Area of Order Services and products.

One of the vital crowd on the collecting had been giggling and guffawing when the governor gave the line.

The offence dedicated via the cleric was once no longer identified, however resources mentioned he sought after to provide the latter worship on the match which the governor hostile.

Reacting on social media on Saturday, many Nigerians described the governor’s motion as an abuse of energy.

A widespread skit maker, Debo Adedayo, popularly referred to as Mr Macaroni, wrote, “A governor who has sworn to lend the crowd is ordering a safety agent to attack the similar citizen he sworn to lend. See safety agent too, flexing muscle tissues on a person already on his knees. Proceed pushing the crowd till they get to the wall.

“See my people laughing and giggling while their brother, a fellow human being like them was being assaulted by the same person that swore to serve and protect them.”

Additionally an X person known as @greatjoe01 tweeted, “I sincerely perceive when crowd argue towards climate policing for worry of this sort of abuse of energy from the governors. However what precisely are the governors no longer doing with the federal police now?

“Here is a DSS agent being ordered to carry out illegality. What are we afraid of?”

Talking to Sunday PUNCH, a human rights attorney, Mr Deji Ajare, condemned the governor’s motion, describing it as a contravention of the cleric’s proper.

Then again, when contacted, the governor’s Important Press Secretary, Bologi Ibrahim, mentioned he was once no longer acutely aware of the viral video.

He mentioned, “I am not aware of the video. Is it social media work? I will look for it, let me check.”

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