Former minister of education and co-founder of Bring Back our Girls convener has spoken up on how she was arrested by the police in Abuja.
Ezekwesili in a series of tweets announced that she was detained alongside some BBOG members on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari.
THe BBOG convener narrating what led to her arrest at the Unity Fountain, Abuja called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of all the members of the group.
She said “Today we gathered to do our usual march, and the Nigerian police refused for us to leave the Unity Fountain (in Abuja).
“Some of our colleagues have already gone and they are going to be giving their press statement there.
“Those of us that they have locked in here, in particular, they have refused that I should move.
“They have built a human prison and have violated my fundamental right to freedom of movement and association and therefore I want it to be on record that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has infringed the constitution by violating my fundamental right to freedom of movement and association and this cannot be allowed to happen in a democracy.
“If there is anyone there listening to this, they must tell President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the IG of Nigerian police to let the officers who have imprisoned me in broad daylight, to let me go about my business.
“I am a law-abiding citizen of this country. I see no reason why my right should be violated. And so right now I will continue to insist that these officers allow me to move out of the Unity Fountain.”
However, When DAILY POST contacted the FCT police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri J. Manzah, he denied claims that Ezekwesili and some BBOG members were detained.
Manzah said they were just taken to the command headquarters to prevent breakdown of order following their protest.
“The FCT Police Command wishes to clear the air and set the record straight that it did not arrest or detain Prof Oby Ezekwesili and some members of the Bring Back Our Girls group (BBOG) as being speculated on some social media platforms.
“It is pertinent to state that they were only brought to the Command to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as some members of the group reacted violently and broke down security barriers set up by the police to restrict their protest to Unity Fountain.
“The members of the group were addressed by the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello who reiterated the commitment of the Command to protect lives and property and enjoined the Bring Back Our Girls members to go about their lawful businesses.
“After the briefing by the Commissioner of Police, the members of the group left the Command,” Manzah said.
SOURCE: DAILY POST