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Bauchi Teachers Demand Release of Detained Colleagues

| March 5, 2013 More

Bauchi โ€” The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASSUS) Bauchi State chapter, has demanded the release of 11 of its members who are currently being detained by the police.

But Police Public Relations Officer of the state, ASP Hassan Mohammed Auyo, said the 11 ASSUS officials were remanded in prison by the court, and that their release is now at the discretion of the court.

Police arrested and arraigned the union leaders before the court after they allegedly beat up NECO officials who were on official assignment in one of the secondary schools in Azare.

Chairman of the union, Comrade Abdullahi Tanko Ningi, alleged that the state commissioner of police, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and the commissioner of education, connived to detain the officials.

Ningi said the union through its counsel will file a suit in court for the bail of its detained members and write a petition against the Bauchi State commissioner of police and others.

He maintained that the union will not rescind its decision concerning its strike, because according to him, the union is fighting a just cause.

He said the striking teachers from all the 20 local government areas in the state will converge on the emir of Bauchi’s palace and stay there until their members are released.

Meanwhile, the state government has threatened to replace the striking teachers if they fail to call off their strike.

Category: Bauchi State News

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