As the quest to rescue more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from an extremist terror group continues, police in Nigeria’s capital have banned all planned protests.
The girls were abducted from a private school in Northern Nigeria on April 14.
Commissioner Joseph Mbu said the proliferation of such protests “is now posing a serious security threat” to those living around, and driving through, demonstration sites in the capital city of Abuja.
“I cannot fold my hands and watch this lawlessness,” he said in a statement Monday.
“Information reaching us is that too soon dangerous elements will join the groups under the guise of protest and detonate explosive(s) aimed at embarrassing the government. Accordingly protests on the Chibok Girls is hereby banned with immediate effect,” the commissioner continued.
The Boko Haram terror group is taking credit for the girls kidnapping. An estimated 276 girls were taken from a boarding school in Chibok. Dozens escaped, but many remain missing.
Earlier reports stated that while officials have located the girls, they cannot act for fear of Boko Haram harming them.
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