The Project Tracking Officer of BudgIT, Nigeria’s civic tech organisation, Moses Motoni has faulted a statement issued by the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Jimoh Moshood.
ALEDEH had reported earlier that Motoni who was arrested on Tuesday, December 5 by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), was granted bail on Wednesday, December 6.
The civic tech organisation, alleged on Tuesday evening that Mr Motoni was arrested in Kaduna, northern Nigeria by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) 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, the civic tech organisation said on Tuesday, December 5.
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 and was closely tracked after participating in a sensitization program in Bida, Niger State.
However, on Wednesday, the police released a picture of Motoni with Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the force on social media.
Though the force in a statement by its Spokesman, claimed Mr Motoni was not arrested by SARS Operatives as claimed by BudgIT, the statement, however, revealed that he was granted bail, thereby contradicting itself.
The statement said Motoni was arrested by the 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.
But speaking with Channels TV a few hours after his release, Mr Motoni said he was arrested by SARS and not the Police Team as claimed by the force spokesman.
“Initially I was not told why I was arrested but I was handcuffed from Kaduna to Abuja and roughly handled.
“When they handcuffed me, they said they were taking me to SARS office not knowing where we were going until I got to the location”, Motoni told Channels TV.
Asked what he saw when he got to the location, Motoni said: “It was actually SARS office because it was SARS we used in entering the premises”.
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Moses Motoni, @BudgITng's tracking officer speaking with @channelstv on his arrest.
"I was handcuffed from Kaduna to Abuja and rough handled by the @PoliceNG." Cc @SERAPNigeria @seunonigbinde @TrackaNG @coemuze #ReformSARS #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/tCZ0uSF3JA
— Ibrahim Mansur (@MansurIB007) December 6, 2017