#BringBackOurGirls demands apology from Police IG

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, speaking during Thursday's protest
Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, speaking during Thursday's protest

The #BringBackOurGirls group has demanded an apology from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over police’s attempt to stop the group’s protest march to the presidential villa on Tuesday.

A leader of the group, Oby Ezekwesili, said, Saturday, on Twitter, “The Inspector General of Police owes a big apology to us #BBOG and the public whose movement he fragrantly disrupted”.

Mrs. Ezekwesili, a former minister of Education, has been at the fore-front of the group’s continuous protest against the federal government’s inability to rescue the over 200 Chibok girls abducted since 2014 by the extremist group, Boko Haram.

Mrs. Ezekwesili’s tweet followed the police announcement on Friday that there was no ban against public protest in the nation’s capital, Abuja, and other parts of the country.

The police announcement, which was issued by its spokesperson, Don Awunah,contradicted its earlier position on the issue.

“The IG has finally read a copy of (the) 1999 Constitution and his #BBOG File,” Ezekwesili said in another tweet, apparently referring to the u-turn made by the police.

The police statement said that public protest was part of democracy, but that it must conform to the rule of law and public order.

“The Nigeria Police Force recognises the constitutional rights of every law abiding citizen to express his or her view through public protest/procession and other legitimate means,” the statement said.

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, citing a 2014 court judgment, had said that the ban on the #BBOG protest was as illegal.


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  • Rommel

    Time has come for Mrs Ezekwesili to respect herself and know that government will not abandon the girls neither will rescue of the girls be because of them,this movement is beginning to look like feminist movement with hidden agenda’s

    • Uzoma

      Just when did it begin to look like a feminist movement with a hidden agenda?

      • JP

        Don’t mind him that is what you hear from a typical. Nigeria hypocrite.

        • musa

          It takes a hypocrite to decipher or brand another hypocrite,

      • Rommel

        When they failed to see that the government is making all efforts to rescue the girls unlike Jonathan who didn’t give a damn

    • stanejike

      I agree with you. As soon as APC won, they should have quietly retired the campaign knowing that the primary aim was to blackmail the GEJ govt. I think the problem started when they refused to settle Oby with an appointment just as they did her co-convener…. Kasala don burst be that na…. lol. Una wan use and dump her abi? Abeg fight on my sister, no retreat no surrender….

      • Rommel

        Don’t even bring in Jonathan here,his presidency was a major disaster and setback for the entire continent of Africa,you can go ask her if anyone is using her.Just like Barack Obama birth certificate or PMB’s O’ level cert,there are people who will never believe so I am not surprised with your position

  • Arabakpura

    I don’t know why these guys always waste their time attracting opprobrium to themselves! The IG should apologize to them!

  • favourtalk

    This is getting too much from me, i think they should take it easy, many nigerians want the kids to come back but not forcing the hand of the federal government that cares not like the former clueless one

    • stanejike

      So is bad to force the hands of government abi? In this life, what goes around, comes around! APC said the last regime was CLUELESS but this present one is FANTASTICALLY BRAINLESS!

  • otunga

    What the hell! The parents of the girls have openly disowned the activities of ezekwesili and her lousy BBOG 2 days ago, including the Borno gov, Chibok community leaders and elders, her activities is becoming counter productive to their goal of just getting their daughters back, all the drama by ezekwesili, they’d rather not have especially for a govt ready to do something. Has she being to Chibok? Does she even know them? Thousands of orphans, girls and women still captives, what has done, how much has she contributed? Every Nigeria is a potential chibok girl, we have issues, she should get off our faces and stop slowing down traffic for a fight nobody asked her for but of course the biafrans and ss ve their stone headed backward retrogressive agenda