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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Nigerian police ban protests to 'Bring Back Our Girls'

Published 02/06/2014|21:02

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Obiageli Ezekwesili, former World Bank vice president for Africa, addresses a #BringBackOurGirls meeting at Maitama park in Abuja May 30, 2014. The meeting was moved to Maitama park on Friday after unidentified assailants attacked members of the group with bottles and chairs at Unity fountain on Wednesday. Nigeria's president said on Thursday he had ordered "a full-scale operation" against Boko Haram Islamist militants and sought to reassure parents of 219 schoolgirls being held by the group that their children would be freed. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)
Obiageli Ezekwesili, former World Bank vice president for Africa, addresses a #BringBackOurGirls meeting at Maitama park in Abuja. Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde
Some of the escaped Kidnapped girls of the government secondary school Chibok, attend a meeting with Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, in  Maiduguri, Nigeria, Monday, June 2, 2014.  Nigerian police say they have banned protests in the capital demanding that the government rescues the more than 200 girls still held captive by Boko Haram militants. Altine Daniel, a spokeswoman for Abuja police confirmed the ban in a text message, saying it was "because of security reasons". (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
Some of the escaped kidnapped girls of the government secondary school Chibok, attend a meeting with Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
Some of the escaped Kidnapped girls of the government secondary school Chibok, attend a meeting with Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, in  Maiduguri, Nigeria, Monday, June 2, 2014.  Nigerian police say they have banned protests in the capital demanding that the government rescues the more than 200 girls still held captive by Boko Haram militants. Altine Daniel, a spokeswoman for Abuja police confirmed the ban in a text message, saying it was "because of security reasons". (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
Some of the escaped Kidnapped girls of the government secondary school Chibok, attend a meeting with Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Nigerian police have banned protests in the capital demanding that the government rescues the more than 200 girls still held captive by Boko Haram militants.

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Altine Daniel, a spokeswoman for Abuja police confirmed the ban in a text message, saying it was "because of security reasons".

A core group that is part of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign has accused the government of sponsoring a new group, known as Release Our Girls.

The new group shifts the responsibility of the kidnapping from the government to Boko Haram, the militant group which has killed thousands in its campaign to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria.

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