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BBOG Group Writes PMB, Okiro Over Police Harassment

The #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) has written open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and chairman Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro over what it called unconstitutional violation of its freedom of moment and assembly by the Nigeria Police.

In a letter dated September 21, 2016, the group demanded that disciplinary action be taken against the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Mr Muhammad Mustafa, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr M. D. Abubakar and the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Alamutu.

In a statement signed by the leaders of the group, Aisha Yesufu and Dr Oby Ezekwesili, the group stated that the Federal Capital Territory Police disregarded the group’s  constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedoms of thought, conscience, association, peaceful assembly, and movement by unleashing a detachment of over 100 anti-riot policemen to disrupt its march.

“Our reputation as a well-organised and disciplined citizens’ movement that strictly respects the constitution and the laws of the land was built over the last nearly 30 months of our advocacy for the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

“Sadly, on Tuesday September 6, 2016, the Federal Capital Territory Police Command displayed an unacceptable level of intolerance and blatant disregard for our constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedoms of thought, conscience, association, peaceful assembly, and movement.

“By unleashing a detachment of over a 100 anti-riot policemen on our civil movement and going further to attempt several cordons against our fourth march of the series, the Police ignored a judgement of a Federal High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement said.

The group further demanded that the IGP immediately and officially retract all the statements leveling allegations and accusations against it as the group has always been lawful and peaceful.

It also called on the IGP to immediately tender and widely publish his unreserved apology  to the movement for the violation of the group’s right and disseminating false accusation against it with the intention of tarnishing the reputation of the movement.

“Further to the unreserved apology, that the IGP makes a public pledge and commitment to never again infringe the Nigerian constitution by using the Nigerian Police as a tool of oppression against us, our movement, and other citizens and civic organizations.

It also demanded that the IGP apologize to the parents of the  Chibok girls and the Chibok community who were part of the group’ s procession when the police disrupted its march to the Villa.

The statement also reads in part, “That the IGP immediately tenders apology to the Nigerian and the global public for misleading them in the numerous pronouncements of falsehood and for causing unnecessary and unwarranted inconvenience to motorists on Shehu Shagari Way on Tuesday 6 September, and indeed for portraying the Nigeria Police Force in extremely bad light by their words and actions. Leadership



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