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Police Arrest #BBOG Protesters

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The convener of the BringBackOurGirls group, Oby Ezekwesili, was yesterday detained at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, by the FCT Police Command.

The command has, however, denied arresting members of the group.‎

In series of posts on Ezekwesili’s Twitter handle, @obyezeks, the former minister of education said she was arrested alongside some members of the #BBOG group.

She mentioned Aisha Yesufu, Maureen Kabrik, Jeff Okoroafor and four others as some of the people arrested.

Meanwhile, many groups, Nigerians and NGOs have condemned the alleged arrest of the campaigners.

While reacting to the reported arrest, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, in a statement via its Twitter page, demanded the immediate release of those arrested.

SERAP tweeted, “The reported false imprisonment and detention of @obyezeks and members of @BBOG Nigeria makes a mockery of @MBuhari’s claim that this government is one of change that is governed by the rule of law. The authorities should immediately release them and allow them to freely exercise their rights.”

Also, one Manasah Allen from Borno State and a member of the BBOG tweeted: “(This is) the first arrest ever of the members of the most civil group ever on the global platform for almost four years came today.

“The poor governance that led to the abduction and the continued stay of the girls in terrorist den consumed the former government.  This government is about rubbishing the successes made in facilitating the release of 104, and escape of three girls by bringing in some intimidation of the members of the movement.

“By now you should know that we are not a push aside group. By very informed (that) Nigerians know the powers, limitations and privileges of citizens and leadership.”

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, DSP Anjuguri ‎Manzah, released a statement to explain what transpired.

According to him, “I‎t is pertinent to state that they were only brought to the Command to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as some members of the group reacted violently and broke down security barriers set up by the police to restrict their protest to Unity Fountain.

“The members of the group were addressed by the Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello, who reiterated the commitment of the command to protect lives and property and enjoined the Bring Back Our Girls members to go about their lawful businesses”

Allen later confirmed that CP Bello had ordered the release of the arrested protesters.

 



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