BudgIT has condemned the attack on a community champion, Mr. Alhaji Sule Yaro, who leads his Dandin-Kowa community in Kano to ask and demand accountability on constituency projects.
Yaro was attached together with four members of his community, on the 25th of August this year.
In a statement signed by Miss. Ayomide Faleye, the Communication Lead, BudgIT, the organization said Yaro and his colleagues were attacked after they carried out a sensitization in his community to educate them on how much amount of monies government gave for constituency projects in their community.
Faleye said, the Community Champion is an initiative of Tracka, a subsidiary of BudgIT, which seeks to bridge the gap between citizens and the government by entrenching civic education among the rural and the urban citizens to promote knowledge and to demand accountability and transparency from elected public officials, as well as to encourage active participation in civil exercise.
Faleye said Yaro has empowered his community and spur them to engage their Representative in the National Assembly to account for monies given for constituency projects.
Having had the knowledge of the amount of money voted for constituency projects, community members started demanding accountability, a development that made their representative angry, Faleye added.
He explained that on the 25th August this year, Mr. Ado Hassan, a House of Representatives Member, who the community falls under his constituency mobilized thugs and attacked Yaro and his colleagues.
Houses and cars belonging to Yaro and his colleagues were destroyed by the thugs, the statement reads.
Verifiable information in our disposal shows clearly that Ado Alhassan Garba, mastermind the attack, BudgIT disclosed.
Apart from the loss of properties, the attack led to the displacement of over five families, BudgIT said.
This is the second time community members are been arrested for demanding accountability, the first recorded case was the unlawful arrest of Moses Motoni and his detention at Abuja in 2017.
The organization in the statement condemned attacks on the community by Nigerian Federal Lawmakers for demanding accountability on constituency projects.
They called on the Nigerian Government, the Inspector General of Police, the international community and the general public to be aware that the life Tracking officers and Community Champions like Alhaji Yaro Sule is under threat for exercising their civic rights and duties.
They also called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf to urgently investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.