The Nigeria Police have denied arresting former minister of education and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement,Oby Ezekwesili on Tuesday.
Mrs. Ezekwesili had in a series of tweets alerted the Nigerians over her arrest and detention by the FCT police. She also said that seven other members of her group were also arrested but they were later released by Commissioner of Police, CP Bello without telling them the reason for their arrest and detention.
But in a statement released on Wednesday, the Abuja Police Command said it never arrested Ezekwesili or members of her advocacy group for the release of the abducted Chibok school girls.
Police Spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, said they were only taken to their command headquarters “to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order”.
The statement read, “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 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 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 briefing by the Commissioner of Police, the members of the group left the Command.”