Six Female Police Officers Detained for Joining #BringBackOurGirls Protest in Lafia
Six police officers believed to have participated in last Thursday’s #BringBackOurGirls protest in Lafia, Nasarawa State where held in detention at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Lafia.
Female police officers and the rank and file of the force joined in the a protest when some Nigerians in the state took to the street chanting songs for the safe return of schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in Borno State.
Also detained alongside the six police officers was reporter with DailTrust newspapers.
The officers were first interrogated at the state police command headquarters along Makurdi Road, and then moved to the state CID along Jos road, all lasting between past 12pm and 6pm when they were finally detained, Daily Trust learnt.
They were paraded in the open at the state CID, before newsmen, and asked to say what they know of their role during the #SaveOurGirls
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of CID, who handled the final aspect of the interrogation was in constant phone communication with the commissioner of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and reported back to this reporter that he had orders to “lock” this reporter because he declined to point at the paraded officers and name the cop that spoke in an earlier report about the Thursday protest.
This reporter saw the women being dragged into a room, and minutes later, their berets, belts, bangles, shoes and other personal effects including phones were seen leaving the room.
This reporter was held up in detention far off from the detention room of the women, and could not follow up for details.
When called for confirmation, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRP) Mr. Namu Umaru Ismaila said he was not informed enough to confirm the detention of the six female officers.
“I am not aware. I am not sure,” Mr. Ismaila said.
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