Arrested Ex-Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili Released

A former minister of Education and co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls group, Oby Ezekwesili who was arrested and detained today by the FCT Police Command for unknown offences has been released from custody.

Recall that Oby had taken to her social media page via the handle, @obyezeks, to announce her arrest alongside some other members of the BBOG group, a development which sparked several reactions from Nigerians on social media.

Other arrested persons alongside the former education minister included; Aisha Yesufu, Ms Maureen Kabrik, Jeff Okoroafor and four others.

In reaction to the reported arrest, The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, in a statement released via its Twitter page condemned the arrest and demanded the immediate release of the persons.

SERAP’s tweet reads: “The reported false imprisonment & detention of @obyezeks & members of @BBOG_Nigeria makes a mockery of @MBuhari’s claim that this govt is one of change that is governed by d rule of law. The authorities should immediately release them & allow them to freely exercise their rights.”

However, the Abuja Police command has now released the arrested persons.

The former education Minister stated that the police had refused to tell her why she alongside others were arrested.

The arrest of the eight members of the group is believed to be in line with the group’s activities as the group has been responsible for several sit-outs in Abuja since the abduction of over 200 girls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, in April 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents.

Oby, following her released tweeted; “Without stating the reason for our arrest and detention, Commissioner of Police at the FCT Command, CP Bello has asked us to be let out of their station.”

She added: “We insisted on a formal charge and release but his response?

“I am the commissioner and now release you to go.”