Protesters seeking to pressure the Nigerian Government to act and rescue 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect are this afternoon driving their campaign to a new level.
The #BringBackOurGirls protesters plan to march on Aso Rock, Nigeria’s presidential villa. No protest group have ever marched on Aso Rock.
The protesters face two challenges in their bid. The Aso Rock villa is heavily protected by a special security arrangement and protected from the public. Only workers or invited guests are allowed access into that area of town. The protesters may have a difficult time breaking through the layers of security that ensures that Aso Rock villa is out of bounds to the public.
The protesters may also have a hard time breaking through civil police barriers early in the protest. Abuja police boss, Joseph Mbu, had threatened to stop the protesters far before the perimeters of the presidential villa.
Mr. Mbu was recently transferred from Rivers state, after several face-offs with Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
Our reporters are covering the protest and will bring you live updates from the march.
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