The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on Tuesday explained the decision of the Nigeria Police to bar the Bring Back Our Girls protesters from marching to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Idris who was represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Labbo spoke at the 2016 International Day of the Disappeared/Missing Persons in Abuja.
Labbo said the group was stopped to prevent rowdiness in Aso Rock.
He also said the leaders of the group are allowed to see the president if they wish to.
He said, “We sympathise with you. We did not stop you from meeting with the President. Anytime you want to see the President you can meet with the President but you have to nominate your leaders to meet with the President on your behalf.
“We believe that all unions have leaders. We are there to protect the Villa and we will not allow any rowdiness around the Villa.
“Please send some delegates, two or three of them to meet with the President.
“Whenever you want to see the President, go through your leaders. They will talk and the President will listen to you because this government is always ready to listen to you.”
The group had staged a protest with parents of the abducted Chibok girls on August 22 but were stopped from marching to the Aso Rock by heavily armed policemen.