The Bring Back Our Girls advocacy Group has been given a fatal blow as the Inspector General of Police has banned it from holding protests in Abuja.
Policemen deployed to the Unity Fountain in Abuja in an effort to prevent the activists from holding a meeting
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has henceforth banned the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy group from any form of rally and procession in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs as he said they constitute a threat to public peace and order.
Idris also deployed more anti-riot police officers to the Unity Fountain in Abuja in an effort to prevent the activists from holding a meeting.
According to SaharaReporters, a large number of combat ready police officers were spotted at the fountain on Thursday morning.
Speaking further, the FCT Police spokesperson Anjuguri Manzah, further said
“These indiscriminate actions which are carried out in disorderly and sometimes riotous manner create unwarranted tension and apprehension among law abiding citizens and in the process obstruct legitimate business activities,” Mr. Manzah said.
He also said the command is making it clear that it will continue to be professional in discharging its constitutionally assigned roles in accordance with international best practices, especially as it relates to the fundamental rights of citizens.
“However, the command will not fold its arms and watch some individuals or groups of persons tamper with the existing peaceful atmosphere in the Federal Capital Territory.
“The Command hereby advises any person or group of persons who wish to embark on any demonstration to notify the Commissioner of Police in the FCT in writing and secure approval,” Mr. Manzah added.
During the rally held on Tuesday, the #BBOG presented a signed copy of a police permit to the FCT Deputy Commissioner of Police, M.D Garba, that authorized the group to hold the rally, but was ignored as he kept mute. Protesters then stormed the barricade set up by police to prevent them from embarking on their protest.
The group had planned to have a sit-out today at 5:00 p.m. in Abuja.
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