Again, Nigeria Police move against Bring Back Our Girls protesters

Bring Back Our Girls protesters being stopped by the Nigeria Police
Bring Back Our Girls protesters being stopped by the Nigeria Police

Security operatives on Tuesday tried stopping members of the #BringBackOurGirls group from going ahead with their planned rally to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The group is campaigning for the release of over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the extremist group, Boko Haram, in 2014.

The new round of protest march began August 23 after Boko Haram released a video indicating the girls were alive.

The terror group said it would only exchange the girls for their members detained by the government across the country.

Although President Muhammadu Buhari said he would be willing to concede to the demand, the BringBackOurGirls group said the government has not done enough to rescue the girls.

Bring Back Our Girls protesters being stopped by the Nigeria Police
Bring Back Our Girls protesters being stopped by the Nigeria Police

After the release of the last video, the group vowed to march to the presidential villa every 72 hours until the government makes clear what steps it was taking to get the girls back.

The #BBOG had postponed its rally from Friday to Tuesday. But shortly after they began the walk as usual from the Unity Fountain, venue of the #BBOG daily sit-out, heading for the three arm zone, they were stopped by security men around the Ministry of Justice, Abuja.

The security men comprising mainly the police said the BBOG campaign was illegal because they had no permission to protest.

But a member of the group leading the protest on Tuesday, Buky Sonibare, brought out copies of permits obtained from the police for that purpose.

However the police persisted until the #BBOG members forced their way forward.

They are marching to the three arms zone amidst efforts to stop them by the police, as at the time of this report.

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  • Violadread

    Look, guys, let’s be blunt. The fact that Nigerians are talking about late Gani Fawehinmi with fond memory means
    that the remainder civil rights activists are fakes. They have no consistent standard of honesty and will likely enter
    into partnership with treasury thieves if they are given a cut. Those remaining human rights activists are mere
    rabble-rousers without principles.

    Take the Ojota protests for 65 NAIRA PETROL OR NOTHING as example. Pastor Bakare, Femi Falana and all of them gathered thousands of people to shut down the country unless 65 Naira petrol is restored. Where are Femi Falana and Pastor Tunde Bakare now and where were they when President Buhari of their APC party increased petrol four months
    ago to 145 Naira? Where were they when the same Buhari devalued the Naira to 430 to one dollar on the street? Where were they, when within 12 months, the same President Buhari increased electricity tariff by 45% and supplies darkness
    to the bargain, after devaluing the Naira and increasing petrol price? Human rights activists my foot!

  • Martins

    This protest permit business has been long laid to rest by the courts of law. No where is a police permit required to hold protest march. The police should stop referring to it as a requirement, it portrays them as lacking in intelligence.

    • Marcus Ijele

      Were they obtaining permit when Jonathan was the President? Were they protesting almost every day of the week? Was it not then that the idle Ezekwesili formed the group with the aid of APC? Why should they required to receive permit before protesting at this time?

  • Otile

    By marching every 72 hours the group is reminding us of 72 good virgins in Aljinat.

  • vagabonds in power

    AUDU Ogbeh, had during the former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for the APC presidential ticket, extolled the group for its selfless campaign to secure the release of the over 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgence over six months ago.

    “We believe that one day; they (Chibok girls) will be reunited with their children even though those children have seen a lot of trauma,” Mr Ogbeh had said.

    He also said the group’s leaders are members of the APC.

    “We commend the #BringBackOurGirls movement led by members of this party; we thank them for their commitment to Nigeria because they remain the only living evidence that Nigeria has a conscience.

    “We hear that the Federal Government wants to take them to court, let the courtroom be large enough to accommodate all of us when they sue them,” he concluded.

    Following Mr. Ogbeh’s statements, many Nigerians lashed out at Mr. Ogbeh and APC, saying the party was attempting to make political gains out of the girls’ misfortune.

    The presidency said the comments merely confirmed its belief that the protest group was politically-motivated to undermine President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

  • Marcus Ijele

    If actually there were kidnapped girls, it must have orchestrated by Buhari just to tarnish the Image of Jonathan. Now, he can not bring them back to their parents. Why should police block the same people they assisted to trouble Jonathan? Government of double standard. Shame.