CP Mbu bans #bringbackourgirls protest in Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of
Police, Joseph Mbu, on Monday banned all
protests over the 234 abducted Chibok school
girls in the territory with immediate effect.
Mbu, who announced the ban at a news
conference in Abuja, said that the trend of the
protest in the FCT was posing a serious security
“Accordingly, protests on the Chibok girls are
hereby banned with immediate effect. As the FCT
police boss, I cannot fold my hands and watch
this lawlessness (protests). Information reaching
us is that too soon, dangerous elements will join
groups under the guise of protest and detonate
explosives aimed at embarrassing the
government,” he said.
He said that after a group under the aegis of
“#Bring Back Our Girls’’ protested on April 28,
another group “Release Our Girls” emerged.
Mbu, the former Rivers State Police
Commissioner,  said that information at the
disposal of the command indicated that
“dangerous elements” were about to hijack the
protest hence the ban.
Mbu said that a situation where the ‘Fountain of
Unity’, venue of gathering for the protest was
being turned into a place for “cooking and selling”
was embarrassing.
According to him, many diplomats live in that area
of the territory.
He called on the people of the territory to
encourage the security agencies in the war
against terrorism and criminality by appreciating
the sacrifices they had made and would continue
to make.
Asked whether the ban would not violate freedom
of expression and assembly of the protesters, the
commissioner said that one person’s freedom
should not affect other peoples’ freedom.
“People have been protesting over a month now…
it is the issue of terrorism, it is not solved in one
day. Then, when you continue to do it
persistently, it becomes a nuisance to the
government,” he noted.

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