Police Distrupt #BringBackOurGirls Protest


Protest by the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement in Abuja, was yesterday disrupted by the police.

The group had embarked on the protest, distributing flyers to motorists and other passersby, to remind them that the 219 Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, were still in captivity.

About 20 policemen barricaded the Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja with their vehicles at the junction to the  Presidential Villa so that they would not take their , Vanguard reports. The protesters were however unfettered, as they continued distributing the flyers.

Earlier, members of the group had walked to the National Assembly gate, where they spoke in condemnation of the lawmakers’ decision to proceed on Christmas holidays while the abducted girls continued to suffer in captivity.

“The lawmakers should be ashamed of  themselves for going on break while the Chibok girls are with wicked men in the bush,” one of the Co-coordinators of the group, Oby Ezekwesili said.

A member of the group, Bukky Shonibare, who just returned from delivering relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons in Yola, Adamawa State, noted that 98 per cent of the IDPs are not living in relief camps but with private families.

“Only 6,500 IDPs are living in government camps, the rest, about 500,000 people are staying with private families in Yola and they are really suffering. We took relief materials to them and they were just crying, they have no clothes, no blankets, some of them sleep on bare ground,” she said.

“What happened to the billions raised for the Victim Support Fund?” she queried.