Contrary to media reports that the leader of the ongoing protest pressuring the Nigerian government to act and rescue schoolgirls abuducted in Chibok, Borno state has been arrested on orders of Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Media Assistant to the First Lady, Mr Ayo Adewuyi, on Monday said that “Dame Patience Jonathan did not ordered arrest of the alleged impersonator, Naomi Muriah”.
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,’’ he said.
Police Deny Arresting, Detaining #BringBackOurGirls Protester
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police said on Monday that it did not arrest Naomi Mutah Nyadar, a Chibok women leader who has joined other women to protest the kidnap of over 200 girls in Borno State.
In a statement, the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said Ms. Nyadar’s invitation to police was “purely an interactive and fact finding interview.”
Mr. Mba said that during the course of the interview, Ms. Nyadar cooperated with the Police.
He said she was immediately allowed to return home.
“Mrs Nyadar cooperated with the Police in the course of the interview and was immediately allowed to return home to her loved ones. She was never arrested nor detained as being wrongly speculated in some quarters,” Mr. Mba said
He also said that the interview with Ms. Nyadar was one of the measures geared towards extracting useful information that could help in rescuing the girls.
Mr. Mba said that the Nigeria Police and other security will leave no stone unturned at ensuring that the abducted school children are rescued.
Ms. Nyadar and other women have been embarking on a daily protest in Abuja since April 30 to demand the release of the girls kidnapped on April 14 from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.