Police make arrests in Niger Gov’s stoning by angry mob

Police say they have made "a number of arrests" in connection with last Thursday attack on Niger state governor, Mr Abubakar Sani Bello.

Bello was booed and his official vehicle pelted with stones by some youths when he paid a visit to Bida to assess extent of damage done to Bida central market gutted by fire two weeks ago.

The governor was accompanied to the market by Etsu Nupe, Mr Yahaya Abubakar.

Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muhammed Abubakar confirmed that arrests had been made but did not say the number of people apprehended.

Abubakar added that security operatives returned to the town on Friday to make more arrest.

Chief Press secretary to the governor, Mr Jibrin Ndace denied that the incident happened, whereas video recordings showed otherwise.

Security men on the governor’s entourage had to shoot into the air to disperse the crowd before the governor was driven to safety.

It was learnt that what angered the youths and the traders were the motions moved on the floors of the senate and house of representatives by Mr David Umaru representing Niger east senatorial zone and Mr Muhammed Farouq member representing Bida, katcha and Agaie constituency in house of representatives.

They had, under a motion of urgent public importance, carpeted the governor for not going to commiserate with the traders whose shops were burnt and consequently lost millions of naira worth of property as a result of the disaster.

They asked the two chambers to send their committees on disaster to the town to assess the situation.

The inspection by the governor, according to reports, had started peacefully but later turned awry when the youths, carrying placards, started to chant anti-Bello slogans.

"Bamuso bamuso" Sani Bello sau daya", meaning "we don't want you, we don't want you, Sani Bello only one term".

The governor who looked shocked by the development sweated profusely and used the handkerchief he was holding to wipe his face several times.

According to the report, the governor was later shielded to his official car, but as he drove out of the burnt market the youths pelted the vehicle with stones and other objects.

Security men had to shoot into the air to disperse the crowd before the governor could be driven to safety.

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