BBOG Suspends Sit-Outs Over Police Action

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The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement has accused the Nigerian police of frustrating its advocacy that has been ongoing for four years.

The group in a statement by its spokesperson, Sesugh Akume said police banned the group from holding its daily sit-outs at the Unity Fountain Abuja (venue for their daily sit-out), despite a subsisting court order, which gave the movement right to hold its meetings.

The group said it has decided to suspend its sit-outs, while reviewing the situation and will hold a press conference on Wednesday, April 18.

“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 April 13, 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,” he said.

The group also stated that the revelations on April 14 by a journalist Ahmed Salkida, about the fate of the 112 #ChibokGirls still in Boko Haram captivity and the response put out by the Federal Government was too “Weighty for insubstantial response by FG.”

“The Federal Government claims that it has officials and international contacts assisting in the process of getting our girls back. 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,” the group said.

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