…Suspends sit-out over govt threat
Convener of bring back our girls campaign, Obby Ezekwesili, has alerted the general public of the unwarranted abuse of human right by the Muhammadu Buhari administration as the FCT police command, has suspended any aspect of gathering of protest at the common venue.
The group through its media officer Sesugh Alike Sunday in a press release, said that the police clamp down on its group at the venue, has become a death threat as they can no longer express their citizens’ rights.
Daily Times recall that another pressure group Known as our Mumu Don do led by Mr. Charles Oputa, Charley boy, has raised an alarm on receiving such threat last Friday in Abuja
Mr. Slime of BBOG said “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 in Abuja since 30 April 2014 and carted away our chairs. Our members who arrived for the sit-out on 13 April 2018 were also manhandled and the meeting space barricaded.
As of this moment, there is an obvious plan to deny us access to the Unity Fountain as a ploy to frustrate our 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 ‘banned’ us from holding our daily sit-outs there, despite a subsisting court order which gives us the right to hold our meetings.
Our movement is also aware of the revelations on 14 April 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.
According to the media officer, The Federal Government claims that it has officials and international contacts assisting in the process of getting our girls back. He said that it follows therefore that the Federal Government has the added responsibility of making available the assuring details which it has from its officials and international contacts.
Slime observed that as a citizens’ movement anchored on the rule of law, we shall suspend our sit-outs while reviewing the situation and will hold a press conference on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. We remain committed to the fundamentals of our advocacy.