Bring Back Our Girl Campaigner Oby Ezekwesili Detained By Nigerian Security Forces En Route London For BBC Interview

Abuja- Nigeria State Security Service Detained Former Education Minister Oby Ezekwesili at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Monday as she made her way to London.


The former Minister is scheduled to attend a BBC Hardtalk interview on Tuesday, where she is expected to discuss the kidnapping of over 250 girls by Boko Haram in April and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign that has sprung from the abduction.

Officials from the State Security Service (SSS), reportedly seized Ezekwesili’s passport and detained her for questioning with the SSS. In a series of tweets posted on her personal twitter account, Ezekwesili accused the security officials of intimidation as she protested her constitutional rights as a free citizen.


The Harvard graduate has been a vocal critic of President Jonathan’s government over the perceived slow response and rescue efforts of the government in rescuing the missing girls insisting that their rescue is not priority on the government’s agenda.

Campaigner’s have accused the government and security officials of intimidation in the past as activists were said to have been attacked during their daily sit ins at Abuja’s Unity Fountain and a ban on all protests imposed by the capital’s Police chief was also eventually overturned.

President Jonathan’s administration has come under widespread international and national criticism over his handling of the missing girls after it took an international campaign on social media to get the issue to the fore front of the administration’s attention.

The President insists that rescuing the girls and bringing them back is his top priority and a meeting with the parents of the missing girls and some of the girls who escaped is scheduled for this month, 2 months after the girls were rescued.

Mrs Ezekwesili’s passport was eventually released and she was allowed to board her flight.


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