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Bring Back Our Girls protests banned in Nigeria's capital: police

Published on Jun 3, 2014 10:26 AM
 
A man speaks as local clergy, activists and and community leaders protest for the safe return of the 276 abducted schoolgirls outside the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations on June 2, 2014 in New York City. -- PHOTO: AFP

ABUJA (AFP) - Nigerian police have banned protests in the capital Abuja by supporters of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants as the activists vowed to challenge the "illegal" move.

Noisy street demonstrations in Abuja have become a regular feature of the campaign to put pressure on the government and keep the issue in the public eye seven weeks after the girls were abducted from a school in northern Nigeria on April 14.

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police spokesman Altine Daniel confirmed the ban in a text message, saying the decision was taken "because of security reasons".

Protest organisers questioned the legitimacy of the move and eyed a possible political motive, but police chief Joseph Mbu said the ban was imposed because of the threat of infiltration from "dangerous elements".

 
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