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Boko Haram Scare: 400 Niger Citizens Plan Protest  print

Published on April 4, 2013 by   ·   10 Comments

At least 400 citizens of Niger Republic would stage a protest on Monday in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, to distance themselves from accusations of terrorism.

They said in a statement on Wednesday, that many of them are being arrested and deported by the government following Boko Haram scare in Lagos.

The Nigerian government “is chasing shadows and looking for criminals in the wrong places,” they said in a statement signed by Comrade Declan Ihekaire, National Coordinator of Concerned Human Rights Nigeria.

“We are being harassed, intimidated, arrested, detained and even deported by the Lagos State Government,” they said.

NigeriensThe protest would take place at Agege Area of Lagos and would start with a press conference, said Ihekaire, whose organisation speaks on behalf of the Niger Republic citizens.

The Niger Republic citizens said they believe the Nigerian government knows those behind Boko Haram terrorist organisation “but has chosen to go after innocent poor people who live in the country peacefully.”

Since the arrests and mass deportation started, they said, their families have been destabilised.

“Our families have been broken, our children have been stopped from going to school and our nights have now become nightmarish. We are law abiding citizens and grateful to be in Nigeria but we are not bombers, armed robbers or dreaded Boko Haram members as claimed by the government.”

They added: “We have nothing to do with Boko Haram and hence to ventilate our grievances, the citizens of Niger Republic resident in Lagos are calling on human rights bodies to join the over 400 of us to protest this injustice, pain and agony on Monday, 8 April.

“A reprisal from our country would not go down well as there are more Nigerians in Niger Republic than we are in Lagos or Nigeria.”

Speaking on behalf of the Niger Republic citizens, Concerned Human Rights Nigeria said: “We are aware there are Nigerians outside the shores of this country illegally doing their small business just like most of these non-Nigerians in Nigeria.”

The group said most of those being arrested are simply shoemakers, scavengers, maids, or security guards.

“In Ghana alone, we have close to  two million Nigerians living illegally there. In the Republic of Niger, there are 2.5 million Nigerians and there are as many in Togo, Benin Republic, Congo, Guinea, Gabon and even Cameroon,” Ihekaire said.

He wondered if “Mohammed Yusuf, Kabiru Sokoto and a serving senator arrested in connection with Boko Haram activities were non-Nigerians.”

“On this note, the entire members of Concerned Human Rights Nigeria and all its allies call for an urgent stoppage of this national disgrace and unnecessary show of strength by the overzealous Lagos State agents and the Nigerian Police to advert a reprisal that could be counterproductive,” Ihekaire said.

—Simon Ateba

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10 Comments for “Boko Haram Scare: 400 Niger Citizens Plan Protest”

  1. OGBENI NAIJA

    So they even know that some of them are illegal residents, in fact this is an avenue to get rid of these religious miscrants in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. Have they ever heard of Nigerians in Niger rep and Chad killing people for religious reasons? Will they say that they don’t know that it is their people that are been used as mercenaries to cause havoc in Nigeria? THEY ARE ALL BOKO HARAM ,GOVERNMENT SHOULD DEPOT THE TERRORIST, AND I HOPE THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE READY SEALED TRUCKS TO MOVE THEM BACK TO THEIR DESERTS..

  2. OGBENI NAIJA

    So they even know that some of them are illegal residents, in fact this is an avenue to get rid of these religious miscrants in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. Have they ever heard of Nigerians in Niger rep and Chad killing people for religious reasons? Will they say that they don’t know that it is their people that are been used as mercenaries to cause havoc in Nigeria? THEY ARE ALL BOKO HARAM ,GOVERNMENT SHOULD DEPOT THE TERRORIST, AND I HOPE THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE READY SEALED TRUCKS TO MOVE THEM BACK TO THEIR DESERTS.

  3. locomotive

    wonders shall never end, and a sane Nigerian is defending this monsters?

  4. Ade

    Any nigerian that is in any country on an illegal residency should be deported; period. Nigeria should deport any niger, chad, cameroun citizens that are residing illegally

  5. Joy

    Nigerians in Niger or other African countries are they being used to perpetuate evil as does by Niger Republic citizens? It is a known fact that Chadians, Niger Republic citizens allow themselves to be used to wreak havoc most especially, in the northern part of the country, any serious government would take proactive measures to prevent unnecessary disturbance.

  6. Thank you Ogbeni Naija for your comments. Also govt should deport this man called Declan Ihekaire masquarading as their mouthpiece. Obo (monkey)

  7. Temiyemi

    This is great. I know our God will always answer our prayers. This is the Lord’s doing. The work will now be easier for the government to do. I beg this is an avenue for the right authority to round these people up and deport them to their country. At least they have decided to save the government time and energy of searching for them. Also the so called Terrorist IHEKAIRE who want a cheap popularity should be arrested and be treated as their sponsor.

  8. OGBENI NAIJA

    We Nigerians are very smart, we always take advantage of situation to make money. I think Comrade Declan Ihekaire have his strategy to make money from them Knowing that asking them to make contribution for him for motivation and support will yield fruitful efforts.The unfortunate thing is that the will surely be deported and the money paid to Comrade Declan Ihekaire will go into drain, while Comrade Declan Ihekaire become multi millionaire over night at e detriment of the MUGUS.

  9. akpos1

    2.5milllion Nigerian in Niger Republic. Interesting. …They may be from continent Nigeria but from the barren Northern countries. There will be no United SS&SE citizen in Niger republic. Doing what? Spiuuuuusssssshhhhhh……

  10. False hood.From where did this Declan get that statistics from?Does he think we are nuts.How can 2.5 Nigerians live in Niger Republic?And even if they do,how many times have they thrown bombs in worship centres or killed innocent people.Fashola,keep up the good work.Just get you security operatives ready so that as they gather,you can pack them all into a sealed truck and deport them.

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