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BBOG Group Continues Protest, Despite Police Clampdown

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The #BringBackOurGirls group, despite several police barricade and attempts to stop their protest, succeeded with their  proposed march to the Villa aimed at prompting the federal government to act fast in the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.

The BBOG were stopped by the Police three times as they started their march from the Unity Fountain to the Villa.

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

Members of the  group were angry when the police, including the FCT deputy commissioner of Police, M.D. Garba, could not give reason for the clampdown.

The group, on arrival to 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 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.”

 

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