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Kidnapped Chibok Girls: Femi Falana, Dino Melaye Protest Against Police Intimidation In Abuja


Kidnapped Chibok Girls: Femi Falana, Dino Melaye Protest Against Police Intimidation In Abuja

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May 13, 2014 – Abducted Chibok Girls: Femi Falana, Dino Melaye Protest Against Police Intimidation In Abuja

Thirteen days ago, a group of concerned citizens came together to demand that government take action on the case of the abducted girls in Chibok, Borno State. We have since engaged some of those who are vital to achieving the aim of rescuing these girls alive, such as the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Defense Staff.

In the course of these engagements, we have conducted ourselves in an orderly manner, and are therefore surprised that instead of confronting the insurgency currently gripping our country, the Federal Government of Nigeria has opted to direct its ire against peaceful protesters who demand the return of the abducted Chibok girls.

As we gathered for our customary sit-out at Unity Fountain, Abuja at 3pm on Sunday, 11 May, 2014, we were disappointed and saddened to see police stationed at Unity Fountain with weapons and water cannons at the ready to prevent our peaceful gathering. This show of police intimidation was preceded by the shutting down of the Maitama Amusement Park by authorities, another site used for protests, on 8th May, 2014, during the World Economic Forum, after which we were forced to gather on the pedestrian pavement in front of the park.
We also recall the unlawful arrest of Chibok community leaders, Mrs. Naomi Mutah and Mrs. Saratu Angus on May 4th, 2014, at the behest of First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan after being called to a meeting by the First Lady and being falsely accused of being Boko Haram leaders.

These most recent shows of intimidation by Nigerian authorities would only serve to embarrass a nation that deems itself a democracy and a leading light on the African continent. Any attempt to prevent peaceful gatherings or scuttle peaceful marches is a violation of Nigerians’ constitutional rights, which assure freedom of association and the right to peacefully gather.

The #BringBackOurGirls campaign has ignited the passions of Nigerians throughout the country, and indeed well-meaning people the world over. As active citizens of the Federal Republic, we recognize the need for Nigerians to play their part by asking the right questions and meeting authorities to ensure that more light is shed on what is being done to ensure the safe return of the abducted girls. We will continue to demand from our government regular communication on the status of work being done to bring back abducted Nigerian girls from Chibok and elsewhere, and that measures be taken to protect our children in vulnerable states in the North-East, and indeed all over the country, from future abductions.

As we continue to perform our duties as peaceful and patriotic Nigerians, we hope that our government will deem it fit to do theirs: protect – not violate – our rights, as well as our lives and property, and put an immediate end to the harassment and intimidation.

Signed: Rotimi Olawale
Head, Media Task Team



  1. Amesopirari Emi

    May 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Please let us all be calm and watch what the rescue team wuld deliver.

  2. Amesopirari Emi

    May 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Please let us leave the rescue team to do dia work too many protest could cause distraction pls lets be focus.

  3. Siloo

    May 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Lets give the troops sent in nigeria by some countries to carry out their work and see what will be the outcome. All we need do is to be prayerful. Perhaps the troops sent in nigeria in conjunction with nigeria’s security will come out with positive results. God bless nigeria.

  4. Prophet Gbenga Rotimi "KINI IWO NFE"

    May 13, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    HALLELUYAH, Praise the Lord with me Nigerians.
    Welcome back, Nigerians.
    The so called boko haram’s are valueless in Nigeria forever.
    Mother’s the Lord said, we should take sand with our left hand and pray this prayer point in the mid-night (1:am),starting to night till friday ( Oh Lord of creator 7times, boko haram’s were created from sand and they came out from mother’s womb, as a mother i came you ” oh you sand that formed boko haram’s as human being,touch their heart to release our girls safely and let them be capture to become valueless in Nigeria in the mighty name of Jesus(AMEN).
    After the prayer the sand would be buried.
    Notice : as a parent, you can join in this 3days speacial prayer.
    * 08038433483 #

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