Nigeria: BBOG Suspends Sit-Outs, Says Govt Plans to Frustrate Advocacy

Aisha Yesufu wrote: Four years ago today 23/04/14 the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls was created. Today 23/04/18 @PoliceNG attacked members of #BringBackOurGirls to shut us up We would not stop Not Until Our Girls Are Back and Alive #NotWithoutOurDaughters #BringBackOurGirls
16 April 2018

Abuja — Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, movement has alleged plans by the Federal Government to frustrate its advocacy.

The group stated that on the eve of the fourth year commemoration of Chibok schoolgirls abduction, personnel of Nigeria Police Force descended on the Unity Fountain, venue of its daily sit-outs in Abuja since April 30, 2014, and carted away its chairs.

"Our members who arrived for the sit-out on April 13, 2018, were also manhandled and the meeting space barricaded," it alleged.

A statement by spokesman of the movement, Sesugh Akume, yesterday, in Abuja, read: "As of this moment, there is an obvious plan to deny us access to the Unity Fountain as a ploy to frustrate our advocacy, which has been ongoing for four years.

"A report by online news medium, Premium Times, states that the Commissioner of Police has once again 'banned' us from holding our daily sit-outs there, despite a subsisting court order, which gives us the right to hold our meetings.

"Our movement is also aware of the revelations on April 14, 2018, by a journalist, Ahmed Salkida, about the fate of our 112 #ChibokGirls in the hands of the terrorists, and the response by the Federal Government.

"Our immediate response is that Salkida's statement has raised issues too weighty for the seemingly insubstantial response by the Federal Government.

"The Federal Government claims that it has officials and international contacts assisting in the process of getting our girls back. It follows, therefore, that the Federal Government has the added responsibility of making available the assuring details, which it has from its officials and international contacts.

"Meanwhile, as a citizens' movement anchored on the rule of law, we shall suspend our sit-outs while reviewing the situation and will hold a press conference on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. We remain committed to the fundamentals of our advocacy."

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