BBOG raises alarm over Plan By Police To Silence Movement

By Admin on 16/04/2018

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BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement has raised the alarm that the police has perfected plan to silence the advocacy campaigns of the group by placing a ban order on rallies and protests at the Unity Fountain Abuja, venue of the daily sit-out.

The group disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja through a press statement signed by Sesugh Akume, its spokesperson, that there was an obvious plan to deny it access to the Unity Fountain, to frustrate the advocacy which has been ongoing for four years.

“A report by the online news medium, Premuim Times, states that the Commissioner of Police has once again ‘banned’ us from holding our daily sit-outs there, despite a subsisting court order which gives us the right to hold our meetings,” it stated.

The statement added that on the eve of the Fourth Year Commemoration of the Chibok abduction, personnel of the Nigeria Police Force descended on the Unity Fountain, venue of our daily sit-outs since April 30, 2014, and carted away our chairs.

The group recalled that its members were also manhandled and the meeting space barricaded.

“Our movement is also aware of the revelations on April 14, 2018 by the journalist, Ahmed Salkida, about the fate of our 112 #ChibokGirls in the hands of the terrorists, and the response put out by the Federal Government.

“Our immediate response is that Salkida’s statement has raised issues too weighty for the seemingly insubstantial response by the Federal Government.”

The group asked government to make available the assuring details of its officials and international contacts, having claimed that it had those contacts assisting in the process of getting the girls back.

Akume said that as a citizens’ movement anchored on the rule of law, the group would suspend its sit-outs while reviewing the situation, adding that a press conference would hold on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Sadiq Bello, the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, on Friday during an interaction with Charles Oputa (Charly Boy), leader of OurMumuDonDo, warned protesting groups to stay away from the Unity Fountain.

He added that the protesters had constituted themselves into a nuisance to the other road users by blocking the roads, thereby preventing free flow of traffic.



Posted on April, 16 2018

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