"Missing Girls" Rallies Banned in Nigerian Capital

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June 2 2014 5:48 PM

"Missing Girls" Rallies Banned in Nigerian Capital

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Three of the students who escaped their captors after being kidnapped in Chibok.

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Police in the Nigerian capital of Abuja have banned rallies related to the “Missing Girls” kidnapped by Boko Haram in the country’s northwest. From the BBC:

Abuja police commissioner Joseph Mbu said the rallies were "now posing a serious security threat"… He was also quoted by the state-run Agency of Nigeria as saying that "dangerous elements" could join the demonstrations.
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Nigerian forces have failed to free any of the 200-plus female students kidnapped from the town of Chibok on April 14 (some have escaped on their own), and authorities’ public statements have not inspired confidence. Last week, officials appeared to declare they would use neither negotiations nor force to rescue the girls. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has not yet visited Chibok, and several weeks ago his wife foreshadowed today’s news by criticizing protestors and ordering several of them arrested.

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