Nigerian police defy BBOG’s 72-hour ultimatum, disperse group with teargas

Ibrahim Sha'ban
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BBOG group being teargassed by the Nigerian police during their protest at Unity Fountain, Abuja
BBOG group being teargassed by the Nigerian police during their protest at Unity Fountain, Abuja

Nigerian police have dispersed the campaigners for the return of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, Bring Back our Girls, when they attempted to hold a sit-out at the Unity Fountain, Abuja on Monday.

Recall that the FCT Police Command had placed an indefinite ban on all protests and sit-outs within Abuja metropolis, especially as protests by the Shiites group, who are agitating for the release of their leader, Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, have continued to gather momentum.

Apparently angered by the police’s stance, the group, therefore, issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the Police to unseal their protest venue.

However, on the expiration of the 72-hour ultimatum, the group again converged at their routine sit-out venue, Unity Fountain, only for them to be dispersed with a teargas by the police.

The group, thereafter, took to its Twitter handle @BBOG_Nigeria to post a video of police officers using tear gas to harass them.

However, Jeff Okoroafor, a member of the group said despite the attack on members on Monday, the group will come out to protest today by 4.30pm