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Niger government under fire after security personnel ordered to beat cleric

Niger State Governor Mohammed Bago has been attacked for ordering his safety guards to beat an Islamic cleric throughout a rally.

Bago, seen in a video by Sunday RexGistsordered his assistant to slap the cleric.

“Hit him, excellent. I stated hit him. Go arrest him. Get him good-good,” the governor ordered.

He then uttered a Hausa idiomatic expression that was interpreted as, “I’ve energy.”

The cleric, who was kneeling, was dragged away from the assembly by one of many safety guards, suspected of being an official of the Ministry of International Affairs.

Some in attendance laughed and giggled when the governor gave the order.

The offense the cleric dedicated isn’t identified, however sources say he needed to say the closing prayer on the assembly, which the governor opposed.

Many Nigerians reacted on social media on Saturday, calling the governor's motion an abuse of energy.

Fashionable sketch artist, Debo Adedayo, higher referred to as Mr Macaroni, wrote: “A governor who has sworn to serve the folks orders a safety guard to assault the identical citizen he has sworn to serve. See additionally the safety guard flexing his muscle groups in opposition to a person who’s already on his knees. Maintain pushing the folks till they attain the wall.

“See my folks laughing and laughing as their brother, a fellow human being like themselves, was attacked by the identical one that had sworn to serve and shield them.”

Additionally, an X consumer, recognized as @greatjoe01, tweeted: “I actually perceive folks being in opposition to state police out of worry of this type of abuse of energy by governors. However what precisely are governors not doing with federal police?

“Here’s a DSS agent who’s ordered to commit illegality. What are we afraid of?”

Converse with Sunday RexGistsA human rights lawyer, Mr Deji Ajare, condemned the governor's motion, describing it as a violation of the rights of the cleric.

Nonetheless, when contacted, the governor's spokesperson, Bologi Ibrahim, stated he was not conscious of the viral video.

He stated, “I don't know the video. Is it social media work? I'll search for it, let me verify it.”

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