A former commissioner for Science and Technology, Alhaji Abubakar Katcha, has been arrested and detained over Facebook posts which is critical of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s administration in Niger State.
Katcha’s arrest was made known in a post to his Facebook wall on Tuesday evening, the post reads
“POLICE DETENTION: NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
This is to inform the general public that my Brother Alhaji Abubakar Katcha is currently under detention and will be charge to Court Tomorrow morning.
He was invited this morning by the State CID, OC Political, that they received a petition from the Chief Of Staff, Niger State. That my Brother is instigating the Public on his Facebook write-ups with false information against the Niger State Government. According to them, he will be charged to Court Tomorrow morning as directed.
I was personally there with him up to 6pm this evening and I also read the Charges against him. I left the Command at exactly 6pm and he is still under detention at the Niger State Police Command Headquarters, Minna.
Umar N Abubakar ‘His Younger Brother’
Today Tuesday, 3/12/2019″
Katcha has had several running battles with authorities over his though stand on corruption which led to his resignation as chairman of the Secondary schools Board under the current, Gov. Sani Bello over what he calls impropriety.
Nigerwatch Newspaper reports that Katcha confirmed his arrest and plan to charge him this morning in Minna.