Yobe Students Massacre: Nigeria Police ‘forcefully’ disperses protesters

Unity Fountain venue of the protest was overrun by police

Protesters are demanding real action on Boko Haram menace

The Nigeria Police, Thursday, quashed a peaceful protest against the incessant Boko Haram killings in northeast Nigeria and government’s apparent failure in bringing an end to them.

The protest, which took place at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, was organised by a group called Nigerian Youths Protest Against Boko Haram, headed by Ibrahim Wala.

The protest was in reaction to Tuesday’s killing of at least 29 students of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State by suspected Boko Haram members. The Goodluck Jonathan government has been criticised by the public as well as civil and opposition groups of not doing enough to mourn and also to prevent such attacks.

According to Mr. Wala, as the protest took off, hundreds of armed officers stormed the venue arresting and briefly detaining 10 of the protest organisers and dispersing the remaining protesters with tear gas.

“Some journalists were molested in the process,” Mr.  Wala told PREMIUM TIMES.

He alleged that the police, backed by the State Security Service, SSS, unleashed brutal force on the protesters, adding that the group remained undeterred and would continue their protest.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the FCT police command spokesperson, Altine Daniel, she refused to comment, saying that she was sick and did not know what was going on in her command.

She also claimed she did not know who was acting for her or who could speak for the command in her absence.

The FCT police commissioner, Joseph Mbu, could also not be reached as he refused to pick his calls.

Mr. Mbu was recently transferred to Abuja after a controversial period as Rivers Police Commissioner. He was accused by the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, of stopping pro-government protests and shooting at protesters, while encouraging opponents of the governor.

Mr. Amaechi and his party, the All Progressives Congress, repeatedly called for the removal of Mr. Mbu as Rivers Police Commissioner. The police chief was subsequently transferred to Abuja.

 


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  • Mahmoud Lawal

    Commander-in-Thief!

  • Ashibogu

    Let the Police and others go to North East and disperse elements of the Boko Haram. Period!

  • Mahmud

    The only offense they commits to warrant their killing is having northern origin for that their lives and property are worthless to the people that took oaths to protect them.

  • Excisionist

    BLAME THE NSA

    It is wrong to blame GEJ for the insecurity in the country, especially in the North East Zone. The national security adviser (NSA) has been mandated by the president to do all that is necessary to stop the mayhem. But is he loyal to the president or to the Northern Islamic Oligarchs? I doubt that he is loyal to the president.

    The NSA is Ret. Army General Dasuki whom I suspect is working for APC and Northern Islamists in a coordinated assult to make the president seem weak. It’s all part of the program to bring the presidency back to the Islamic North. In doing this they are willing to sacrifice the blood of innocent civilians, including innocent school children while their own children are safe abroad.

    How long will ordinary northerners stand this evil?

  • The Knights Templar

    A word for Boko Haram.

    You are the only people
    who speak the truth in the north. You say what you mean and mean what you say. The so called Northern Islamic leaders and elders are hypocrites and you do not tolerate hypocricy. They say one thing and do another. For instance, they establised sharia only to use it for their political and selfish purposes. But you Boko Haram want a space where you can practice true sharia. We are willing to let you have the North East and North West Zones where you can practice whatever form of Sharia you want. The only obstacles these so called Northern leaders and allies like Obasanjo. These are the people you should go after. Babangida, Sultan of Sokoto, Abdulsalami, Kwankwaso, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Obasanjo etc., but please leave innocent civilians alone –
    especially Christians.