The Nigeria police, Abuja command, have released the convener of the BringBackOurGirls group (BBOG) and former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and other BBOG activists.
Oby Ezekwesili tweeted earlier that the Nigerian police in arrested her and some members of the #BringBackOurGirls movement as they moved to stage a march at the presidential villa.
The Nigerian police in response to the alleged ‘arrest and detention’ of some members of the #BringBackOurGirls movement yesterday released a statement.
The statement reads, “The FCT Police Command wishes to clear the air and set the record straight that it did not arrest or detain Prof. Oby Ezekwesili and some members of the Bring Back Our Girls group (BBOG) as being speculated on some social media platforms.
“It is pertinent to state that they were only brought to the Command to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as some members of the group reacted violently and broke down security barriers set up by the police to restrict their protest to Unity Fountain.
“The members of the group were addressed by the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello who reiterated the commitment of the Command to protect lives and property and enjoined the Bring Back Our Girls members to go about their lawful businesses.
“After the briefing by the Commissioner of Police, the members of the group left the Command.”
However, Mrs. Ezekwesili alleged the members of the BBOG group were arrested and the Nigerian Police refused to tell them the reason they were arrested Tuesday in Abuja.
She said Aisha Yesufu, a known critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and six others were also arrested alongside with her.
In a series of tweets after her release, the former minister said the Abuja commissioner of police, Sadiq Abubakar Bello, who ordered their release, did not state why they were detained.
“Without stating the reason for our arrest and detention, Commissioner of Police at the FCT Command, CP Bello has asked us to be let out of their station,” she tweeted.
“We insisted on a formal charge and release but his response? “I am the commissioner and now release you to go.”
The BBOG group has been carrying out sit-outs in Abuja since more than 200 girls were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in April 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents.