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Why Patience Jonathan Ordered Our Arrest – Ndirpaya, Chibok Women Leader Opens Up

According to reports, the leader of the Chibok community protest march for the abduction of schoolgirls in Abuja has been arrested.

Naomi Mutah Nyadar is said to have been apprehended and detained by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) on the orders of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.

Nyadar is said to have been taken away by the SSS agents along with a fellow Chibok woman and protester, Saratu Angus Ndirpaya.

Ndirpaya was however released immediately while Nyadar remains in the custody of the SSS as at press time.

Associated Press reports:

Ndirpaya says First Lady Patience Jonathan accused them of fabricating the abductions. “She told so many lies, that we just wanted the government of Nigeria to have a bad name, that we did not want to support her husband’s rule,” she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

She said other women at the meeting cheered and chanted “yes, yes,” when Mrs. Jonathan accused them of belonging to the Boko Haram terrorist network. “They said we are Boko Haram, and that Mrs. Nyadar is a member of Boko Haram.” She said Nyadar and herself do not have daughters among those abducted, but are supporting the mothers of kidnapped daughters.

The mass abduction and failure to rescue the girls now in a fourth week of captivity is a source of deep embarrassment to Jonathan and his government, which is accused of insensitivity to the girls’ plight and not doing enough to rescue them.

In a televised “media chat” Sunday night, Jonathan promised his administration is doing everything possible. On Friday he created a presidential committee to go to the affected Borno state to work with the community on a strategy for the release.

Asked if his government was negotiating with the abductors, Jonathan said it was impossible to negotiate with people who do not identify themselves, and noted that Boko Haram have not claimed responsibility for the mass abduction, though some girls who have escaped from them said their captors identified themselves as Boko Haram.

Police say more than 300 girls and young women were abducted April 15 from Chibok school and that 276 remain in captivity.

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