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Published On: Thu, Jan 25th, 2018

BBOG group defies Police, storms Presidential Villa

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The Bring Back Our Girls ( BBOG) Movement yesterday defied the Police and marched from the Unity Fountain to the Villa gate, blocking its entrance, while demanding for apology from President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged harassment in the hands of security operatives.
Our correspondent reports that the Movement maintained that the Police unlawfully arrested and detained some of its members on Tuesday, during its routine campaign for the rescue of kidnapped persons in the country.
It argued that no security agency has the right to disrupt any peaceful protest by citizens to demand actions on some issues that violates citizens constitutional rights.
The BBOG Co-convener , Oby Ezekwesili, insisted that Buhari has to apologize for purportedly directing the Police to grossly abuse their members who were out to continue with their peaceful protest for the Chibok Girls, the abducted Police women and the lecturers of University of Maiduguri who were also abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in northeast region of the country.
“ The President needs to tell us while our fundamental rights have been abused, because our movement has steadfastly been known as a movement that has never behaved in an unruly manner.
“We well organised, disciplined and have never disturbed public peace, so why will the police be sent after the BBOG?
What kind of repressive era we have entered into. We willl not accept that. The President is the one in control of the Police, he needs to say to us that the Police harassing us was a big mistakes and apologize to us. And assure us that it would never happen again.
“ Having gone to court to challenge the previous administration when it tried to ban our movement and winning in courts nobody has the right to stop us.
“I have also served this nations therefore nobody can shut me down, I will continue to ask for the Chibok Girls,” she said.
According to her, the Police violated their rights for arresting and maltreating their members without a charge according to the laws of the land.
“ The police violated our rights by forcefully arresting and hauling our members into the Police vehicles and taking them to the Police stations while at the same time locking her and some other members at the Unity Fountain.
“They locked me in particular at the Unity Fountain by building a human circular around me, despite my thirty times of asking them to allow me leave,” she stressed.

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