The Abuja Police Command has issued a statement in response to reports that it arrested some members of the #BringBackOurGirls movement as they moved to stage a march to the Presidential Villa.
One of those restrained is a former Minister of Education and co-leader of the movement, Obiageli Ezekwesili.
The former minister too to Twitter and tweeted that some police officers deployed by the IGP Idris Ibrahim, have illegally detained her and arrested some other members of the BBOG movement.
According to her, it was President Muhammadu Buhari who instructed the police IG to detain her and other members of the BBOG group.
But despite those claims by the activists, below is the police’s version of the incidence.
“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.”
DSP Anjuguri J. Manzah
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