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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

#EndSARS: BudgIT’s Moses Motoni released by Police

The Project Tracking Officer of BudgIT Nigeria, Moses Motoni, has been released by the Nigeria Police Force, after the backlash led to eruption of #EndSARS hashtag, reports ITRealms.

Motoni was arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for alleged incitement of public disturbance following his conduct of public education and call for action on a Federal Constituency Project at Gbako, Tandzun and Bida Villages, which took place on December 1 and 2, 2017.

Invariably his arrest by SARS has triggered a public outcry by Nigerians especially Tweeps who demanded for scrapping of SARS since December 5.

Confirming Motoni's release from the Police, follows Wednesday announcement via BudgITng Twitter handle

Earlier, BudgIT had insisted that Moses Motoni arrested was not unconnected with sensitizing of citizens on the budget, but the Police claimed he was reportedly disturbing public peace.

“We maintain that his arrest was on the order of Senator Mohammed Sani of Niger State. #EndSARS” BudgITng insisted.

Also, BudgIT said, “SARS officers have traumatized Moses Motoni, our officer, and his mother is crying. His hands and legs were cuffed and he's currently on his way to Abuja. #EndSARS. “

However, in a contradictory statement by the Nigeria Police Force on its Facebook page, claiming that Motoni was not “arrested by SARS Operatives by a Police Team on the case of inciting public disturbance reported against him which occurred on the 1st and 2nd December, 2017 at Gbako, Tandzun and Bida Villages on Federal Constituency project.

According to Police, the matter is now under investigation as Mr. Moses is being released on bail.

ITRealms reports that the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood visited him in detention.

“Subsequently, Moses has been asked to reach out to his office and relative to come take him on bail,” the Police said.


Nigerians have continued to condemn the arrest and subsequent release of Mr. Moses Motoni, for simply doing his work.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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