FLASH: SARS Arrests BudgIT Staff, Moses Motoni

The Project Tracking Officer of BudgIT, Nigeria’s civic tech organisation, Moses Motoni has been arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Motoni’s arrest is coming a day after Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris ordered the immediate reorganisation of SARS across the country following social media outcry calling for a total abrogation of the controversial unit.

According to the civic tech organisation, Motoni was arrested in Kaduna, northern Nigeria and taken to Metro police station, Enugu road, Kaduna for “doing his work in Niger state”.

The BudgIT Project Tracking Officer was arrested by some unidentified SARS personnel who disguised as delivery men from DHL Nigeria.

BudgIT alleged on micro-blogging site, Twitter that Motoni had been put under SARS’ radar under the instruction of Senator Mohamed Sani, representing Niger South Senatorial District of Niger State. Mr Motoni was closely tracked after participating in a sensitization program in Bida, Niger State.

Similarly, online platform, SaharaReporters reports that a friend of Mr Motoni revealed that he had received an SMS from DHL Nigeria to pick up a parcel at Makarfi Plaza at Central Market, Kaduna State, but unknown to him, he was walking into a trap.

“Moses received an SMS from DHL Nigeria to pick up a parcel at Markafi. He went to pick it but when he got there, he was shocked to be apprehended by some SARS officers who forced him into a car and drove off. That was when he knew that the SARS officers were posing as the staff of DHL,” he narrated.

The online platform reports that Mr Motoni was denied bail and the police barred anyone from seeing him by ordering officers at the security post to either send away or detain anybody who came looking for him.

Meanwhile, BudgIT says Senator Sani had invited Mr Motoni to his house for a meeting after the sensitization at Bida, but the Project Tracking Officer declined the invitation and headed to Kaduna State where he was eventually arrested.

The civic tech organisation says its staff was initially detained at Metro Police Station, Enugu Road, Kaduna, but he is being transported to the SARS headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital where he will remain in detention.

UPDATE: BudgIT Staff, Moses Motoni Regains Freedom As Police Contradict Self

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