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Police arrest Oby Ezekwesili, 10 BBOG members after protesting in Aso Villa

The convener of the BringBackOurGirls group, Oby Ezekwesili, was arrested and detained by the FCT Police Command for unknown offences.

In series of posts on her Twitter handle, @obyezeks, the former Minister of Education, said she was arrested alongside some members of the BBOG group.

According to her, Aisha Yesufu, Ms Maureen Kabrik, Jeff Okoroafor and four others were also arrested.

Reacting to the reported arrest, The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, in a statement via its Twitter page, demanded the immediate release of those arrested.

SERAP tweeted, “The reported false imprisonment & detention of @obyezeks & members of @BBOG_Nigeria makes a mockery of @MBuhari’s claim that this govt is one of change that is governed by d rule of law. The authorities should immediately release them & allow them to freely exercise their rights.”


The police on Tuesday prevented members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ group from marching to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

They also reportedly arrested 10 BBOG members, including the arrowhead of the group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.

It was learnt that the BBOG members had gathered at the Unity Fountain, Maitama, and were about marching to the seat of power when armed policemen cordoned off the road and stopped the exercise.

The incident led to a brief altercation between the policemen and the BBOG campaigners.

The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police later held a meeting to pacify the protesters.

The police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, however denied that the campaigners were arrested, noting that they were simply invited to a meeting with the CP.

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