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Patience Jonathan denies ordering the arrest of protest leader

05 May 2014, 17:22

Abuja – First Lady, Dame Patience has denied ordering the arrest and detention of one of the prominent campaigners for the abducted Chibok girls, Naomi Muriah.

The media assistant to the first lady, Ayo Adewuyi, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the attention of the president's wife's had been drawn to reports that she ordered the arrest of Muriah.

He said Muriah attended the women stakeholders’ meeting convened to discuss ways and best strategies to ensure the release of the abducted children of Chibok Girls secondary School.

“We wish to state without any iota of equivocation that the first lady did not order the arrest of any woman or anyone for that matter before, during and after the meeting.

“It is instructive to note that the meeting ended after three o'clock on Monday morning.

“And all those invited to the meeting, including a handful of journalists who stayed throughout the lengthy meeting, left the Presidential Villa thereafter,’’ Adewuyi stated.‎  ‎

 Adewuyi explained that Muriah, mentioned in one of the reports, came to the meeting as part of the Borno State delegation.

"The women were alarmed when someone who knew her told the meeting that she was impersonating one of the mothers of the alleged abducted children on the basis for which she attended the meeting.

"The women expressed their disappointment when she confirmed that she is not a biological mother to any of the abducted children.

"Naomi left the State House with other members of the delegation.

"If she was arrested as claimed, then enquiries about her arrest should, therefore, be directed to the security agencies.

-  NAN

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