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#BringBackOurGirls: Oby Ezekwesili detained by SSS officials in Abuja

The former education minister was detained at the airport and almost missed her flight to the UK

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The front runner of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Obiageli Ezekwesili was detained this morning at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Dr. Ezekwesili, who was on her way to London to appear on the BBC Hard Talk programme, disclosed details of the incident via her Twitter handle @obyezeks.

The former minister was prevented from boarding her flight and almost missed it due to her passport being seized by officers of the State Security Service (SSS).

She was eventually released and was able to make the flight.

Read her Tweets below:

7.37am

IS THIS A DEMOCRACY? I am being detained by the SSS @ Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport . The SSS has REFUSED to GIVE MY PASSPORT TO ME.

7.41am

On my way to London this morning for my @BBCHARDtalk appearance billed for TOMORROW and the SSS has DETAINED me by WITHHOLDING my PASSPORT

8.03am

SSS has RELEASED IT. Just barely made the BA flight. Last to board @ 7.55 for an 8.00 am flight that is now taxiing. IS THIS A DEMOCRACY

8.04am

No ONE can SEIZE my DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS. I REFUSED to let the SSS GET AWAY with TRAMPLING on my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT.

Dr. Ezekwesili has been spearheading the movement to demand the rescue of the over 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April.

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