ALERT: Patience Jonathan Orders Arrest of #BringBackOurGirls Movement Leaders, Accuses Them of Fabricating Abductions

Abuja – Mrs. Naomi Mutah Nyadar, leader of the movement that urges the Nigerian Government to do everything possible to rescue the over 230 girls abducted by Boko Haram in Borno State, has been arrested and detained at Asokoro district police station.

Mrs. Nyadar was escorted by the police from her home in Abuja in early hours of Monday.

Her legal representative, Samuel Ogala, of the Falana and Falana Chambers, disclosed to Premium Times that the arrest is most probably a consequence to the protests Mrs. Nyadar has led, for instance, the one at the Unity Fountain which is near the venue of the planned World Economic Forum.

Mrs. Nyadar’s “comrade-in-arms,” Saratu Angus Ndirpaya, resident of Chibok town, narrated to the Associated Press how they were detained by the police on the orders of Patience Jonathan after attending an all-night meeting at the Presidential Villa. Dame Jonathan, according to Ndirpaya, accused both of them of belonging to Boko Haram and fabricating the abductions to give Nigeria’s government and her husband “a bad name.” According to BBC sources, Dame Jonathan felt “slighted” that the mothers of the abducted girls had chosen Mrs. Nyadar to represent them.

AP could not reach the police fo commentary, but Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has taken to Twitter to post updates on the development.

It would be recalled that from 234 to 276 girls from Chibok town, aged mostly from 16 to 18 years, are still in the Boko Haram insurgents’ captivity. Mass demonstrations have been held all over Nigeria, with thousands of supporters from abroad drawing attention to the #BringBackOurGirls movement.

The World Economic Forum on Africa is scheduled to take place on May 7 – 9 in Abuja. The Federal Government has directed all schools, public offices and large companies to be closed during the venue to ensure free traffic flow and security.

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