OUTRAGE AS PRO-GOVT. CROWD ATTACKS #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS CAMPAIGNERS IN ABUJA
by Nicholas Ibekwe
Bottle-wielding thugs said to have arrived in buses owned by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan attacked the #BringBackOurGirls protesters at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Wednesday, breaking their seats and forcibly confiscating their phones and cameras while a group of policemen ostensibly deployed to maintain order looked on, witnesses have said.
The daily sit-in is part of a worldwide campaign to force the Nigerian government into action that will expedite the release of the more than 250 girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok 45 days ago by Boko Haram terrorists.
According to #bringBackOurGirls protesters, having lost their usual place of gathering to the thugs and women that came in over “30 Federal Government SURE P Buses” on Monday, they moved to a new spot in the park.
However, disturbed by the increasingly aggressive and provocative posture of the opposing crowd who branded messages in solidarity with the government, leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls protesters wrote a letter of complaint to the police authority asking them to be available to prevent the “government crowd” from acting provocatively.
Read more here.
Photo credit, Zainab Usman