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BBOG Group Defy Police, Protest At Villa Gate

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The #BringBackOurGirls group, yesterday defied the police barricade to stop their protest march to the Presidential Villa aimed at prompting the federal government to act fast on the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.

The BBOG group was stopped by the police three times as they marched from the Unity Fountain to the Villa.

A  team of armed anti-riot policemen arrived at the at the Unity Fountain  and barricaded the venue, saying that they were operating on orders to cancel the planned march.

The group was angry that the FCT deputy commissioner of Police, M.D. Garba, could provide a reasonable for stopping the protest.

The group on arrival at Presidential Villa gate, met with a pro-Buhari  protesters, #WithBuhariWeStand, who  were singing solidarity songs in support of the government , saying that the Chibok girls and the group were scam.

Speaking on the event, Co-coverner of the BBOG group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili lamented that the hostile nature of the police reminded her of how the authorities of the country, decided to issue an order that the group cannot march to protest after the 219 girls were abducted from their school, April 14, 2014.

“We decided, according to the tenets of democracy to go to the court to challenge that and the court ruled in the favour of the movement and declared that the Nigerian Police has no right, whatsoever to prevent citizens from engaging in this.

“We have been having our march and in furtherance of our core values, every march, we have given a 48hours notice to the authorities, we submit our letter to the office of the commissioner of police as well as the AIG responsible for activities of this kind.

“Today we continue with our march and here we are being condoned off by a huge, heavy presence of the Nigerian mobile police and the shameful thing is that they are women, being used against their fellow women,’’ she said.

CHIKA M

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