Niger Govt orders release of woman who led Minna protest

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The Niger State government has directed the release of Aisha Jibrin, leader of the Minna protest who was arrested by the police and 24 others.

Binta Mamman, the Commissioner of Information and Strategies, revealed this in her office during a news conference in the state capital on Friday.

Mrs Maman also told journalists that the decision to release the suspect was the result of a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Jibrin’s detention and the actions of other women who led and participated in the demonstration.

On Monday, Minna residents protested the country’s high cost of living by blocking main routes within the capital.

The protesters including women and youths were heard chanting protest songs, while security agents including policemen looked on.

Three women including a 57 year old Fatima Aliyu. and 22 other persons were amongst those arrested by the police following theIr participation in the protest .

Several residents would express their  displeasure over the arrest of the protesters

She stated that government was not unaware of the hardship faced by the people but asked that it would not fold it hands and allow some people threaten the existing peace enjoyed in the capital city of the state.