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#BringBackOurGirls allege rights violations

11 July 2014, 10:05

Abuja - The Bring Back Our Girls group, which is campaigning for the release of schoolgirls Boko Haram abducted in Borno State, alleged security agents were violating their rights.

The group, in a statement, released in Abuja, said for over two months, security agencies had harassed and sought to intimidate their movement incessantly.

“The latest was the statement yesterday accredited to the Deputy Director of Department of State Security, Marilyn Ogar who described the #BringBackOurGirls campaign as a franchise," the group said.

Ogar allegedly made the comment in Abuja recently while responding to questions from journalists at the press briefing of the National Information Centre (NIC).”  

 The organisation said such comments highlighted that the security agencies were setting up the movement for a crackdown based on trumped up accusations.

"We are motivated by empathy and the need to search and rescue these girls. We are shocked that all we get from our security agencies is harassment, vilification, innuendoes and threats. This must stop. Security agencies have the responsibility to protect rather than intimidate citizens trying to do a good turn."

Boko Haram abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibo, Borno State.

It is holding them hostage and would reportedly release them in exchange for the release of members arrested for terrorism.

- CAJ News

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