Court Declares Mbu’s Action Against #BringBackOurGirls Group Illegal

Court Declares Mbu’s Action Against #BringBackOurGirls Group Illegal

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on October 31, 2014
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Bring Back Our girls Protest At Aso VIlla in Abuja. May 2014 (Photo Provided by Bring Back Our Girls Organisation)

A high court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, October 30, 2014 declared that the ban by police commissioner in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Joseph Mbu, on rallies by the #BringBackOurGirls group was illegal, a directive rebuffed by former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.

Following the ban, #BringBackOurGirls group headed for court suing Mbu and the police.

The Sun reports that Justice Sunday Aladetonyinbo in his judgement said every organisation had the right to freedom of association as assembly was the foundation of any democracy, adding that the police had ni right to ban the protest, moreso as it was a peaceful one, commending Abubakar for overruling Mbu.

Aladetonyibo further cautioned the group on security, just as he refused their demand for N200 million in damages as a result of the ban.

On his part, Mbu’s lawyer, Simon Lough said there was no winner or loser as the defendant will look at the judgement and may appeal.

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