3 June 2014

Nigeria: Protesters Challenge Abuja Ban in Court

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#BringBackOurGirls protesters in Abuja.

Members of the #BringBackOurGirls group are planning legal action to challenge the banning of all protests on the Chibok Girls in Abuja.

A statement jointly signed on behalf of the group by Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala Usman, disclosed the move.

"Over the last 34 days, we have been widely acknowledged, including by the Police and the Federal Government delegation, which represented President Jonathan at one of our meetings for the peaceful, disciplined, and decorous manner we have always conducted the activities of our movement.

"In consonance with our approach, we shall be in court with our lawyers, Femi Falana to file a suit challenging this purported ban," read the statement.

On Monday, Abuja Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu, announced the ban saying the ongoing protests posed a security threat to citizens in the capital city.

The group said the ban was unconstitutional, undemocratic and repressive.

"Our Movement is legitimate and lawful and cannot be arrested by the police whose responsibility is to enforce, not betray the law. We, the members of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family, remain resolute and will persist in using all lawful means to sustain our peaceful advocacy for the safe rescue of the Chibok Girls.

"We therefore encourage all those in Nigeria and other Nations that have similarly taken a stand for the cause of the girls to continue to do so with the clarion call: Bring Back Our Girls, Now and Alive."

The #BringBackOurGirls is advocating for the speedy rescue of the more than 200 girls abducted from Chibok Secondary School, Borno State in April.

Terror group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility of the abduction.

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