#BringBackOurGirls protesters go to court over ban

Information has reached Street Journal that the #BringBackOurGirls protesters have decided to challenge the decision of the Nigeria Police to stop them from staging their protests in Abuja at the court.

The leader of the protests and former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, said they are prepared to seek redress and restraining order against the police in the court over the ban.

The Abuja Police Command announced the ban on Monday days after the protesters, who were demanding the release of over 200 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State were attacked by suspected pro-government thugs.

Meanwhile, erudite lawyer, Festus Keyamo had, in strong terms, criticized the decision of the Nigeria Police to ban #BringBackOurGirls group from further protests. His words: “The statement credited to the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory, Joseph Mbu, banning all protests over the kidnap of the Chibok school girls is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void. It is against the spirit and letters of section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. All the above guarantee freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.

“It is shocking that the Federal Government, hiding under the facade of the Police, has finally openly displayed its disdain for the public outcry over the kidnap of those innocent souls. The Federal Government would really have wished that we all went about our normal businesses and live in denial like it did for many weeks.”

 

 

Author: News Editor

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