A clampdown on #BringBackOurGirls protests is set to commence in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, as FCT Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu, Monday announced that henceforth, all protests by groups seeking the release of the abducted girls of the Government girls college, Chibok have been banned in the city.
According to Mbu, security operatives have intelligence information that the activities of protesters may be cashed in on by terrorists to bomb the FCT.
In a statement, the commissioner said, “You will recall that the first peaceful protest on the “BRING BACK OUR GIRLS” (Chibok) took place on the 28th April, 2014 which I took part in the procession until when the Senate President and Speaker addressed them.”
“The protest continued and on the 22nd May, 2014 they were again addressed by over Ten Ministers, SGF and others.
“They are still unrelenting; the group has now shifted to Maitama Amusement Park. This area is very close to the residence of Diplomats.
“Again a new group RELEASE OUR GIRLS suddenly emerged and started the same protest, it has degenerated to the extent that they are now selling and cooking at the Unity Fountain.
“The trend is now posing a serious security threat to those living around and citizens who drive through.
“We are all aware of what happened yesterday 01/06/2014 in Mubi Adamawa State.
“As the FCT Police boss, I cannot fold my hands and watch this lawlessness.
“Information reaching us is that too soon dangerous elements will join the groups under the guise of protest and detonate explosive aimed at embarrassing the government.
“Accordingly protests on the Chibok Girls are hereby banned with immediate effect.
“I urge all to encourage our security agencies in this war and appreciate them for the sacrifices we have made and are still making,” Mbu said.