About 100 police officers on Tuesday invaded the Unity Fountain, Abuja, where the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement assemble, to stop them from embarking on their usual protest to Aso Rock.
After a recent video of Chibok schoolgirls was released by Boko Haram, BBOG announced its decision to storm the villa every 72 hours until President Muhammadu Buhari briefed them of an immediate plan to rescue the girls who have been in captivity since 14-15 April, 2014.
At the Unity fountain, a police officer, Abiodun Alamatu said he had orders to stop the protesters from embarking on a protest.
“The way you people are taking this thing is getting out of control,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, a leader of the movement, Aisha Yesufu expressed annoyance adding that they could not be barred from embarking on a peaceful demonstration in a democratic era.
“If you were the one taken, I will stand for you, or is it because you were not taken? If it was your daughter, I will still stand for you,” Yesufu said.
Later, FCT police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, issued a statement, where he blamed the group of creating tension among “law abiding citizens”.
“These indiscriminate actions which are carried out in disorderly and riotous manner create unwarranted tension and apprehension among law abiding citizens and in the process hinder legitimate business activities,” he said.
“The command hereby advises any person or group of persons who wish to embark on any peaceful demonstration to notify the commissioner of police, FCT in writing and secure approval.”
The recent police order is similar to that June 2014 issued by Joseph Mbu, former FCT police commissioner, banning all forms of peaceful protests in the Abuja.
The BBOG group had sued Former Zone 2 AIG, Mbu at the FCT high court, and the court ruled in their favour, claiming that it is the constitutional right of citizens to embark on a peaceful protest.