Just a week after announcing that the Nigerian government knows the location of the nearly 300 abducted girls, authorities in its capital of Abuja have outlawed all protests pleading for their safe return.
According to CNN, Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu claims that the protests have created a "a serious security threat" in Abuja:
Information reaching us is that too soon dangerous elements will join the groups under the guise of protest and detonate explosive(s) aimed at embarrassing the government. Accordingly protests on the Chibok Girls is hereby banned with immediate effect.
The 276 girls were taken captive in April by extremist group Boko Haram, who seized them from a boarding school in Chibok. The Nigerian government has been criticized for not making quick or decisive action, and the incident has received national attention, prompting the U.S., France, Britain and Israel to lend their resources to aid rescue efforts.
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