Ezekwesili, Others Sue Police Over Chibok Abduction Protest Ban

Following a ban on #BringBackOurGirls protests by FCT Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, seventeen protesters, including a former minister of education, Obiageli Ezekwesili and wife of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Maryam Uwais have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare that the Police Commissioner have no power to ban protests in the Federal Capital Territory.

In an application for enforcement of their fundamental human rights filed on their behalf by Deji Morakinyo of Falana and Falana Chambers, the protesters said the order of the FCT Commissioner of Police violated their rights to freedom of conscience, expression, assembly and association guaranteed by Sections 38,39 and 40 of the Constitution and Articles 8,10,11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

The applicants described themselves as members of a group of well-meaning Nigerian women and men under the auspices of the, “Women for Peace and Justice #BringBackOur Girls”.

They asked the court to declare that the decision to ban protests and rallies in the FCT with effect from Monday, June 1, 2014 is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void as it violated their fundamental rights‎ to freedom of conscience, expression, assembly and association guaranteed by legal provisions.

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  • Oby Ezekwesili,i just pity you an Igbo woman.When they were killing the Igbo’s down North did you ever stage protest about the incessant killings of our Igbo Brothers and sisters.This is arrant nonsense!May be you are paid by the Northerns to bring frustration to the President because he is a Sourthern.You better retrace your path cos this will not do you any good.

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