#RevolutionNow: DSS, Police Disperse Protesters In Abuja
Written by MaryGift Sunday on August 5, 2020
The Department of State Services, Nigerian Police Force, and the Army have dispersed the #RevoltuionNow protesters in Abuja.
The security officials were said to have pursed both protesters and journalists from the scene of the protest.
Although the leader of the movement, Omoyele Sowore is not among the demonstrators but the leader of today’s protest Mr Pelumi Olajegbensi, has called for a change in government, insisting there is need for political revolution.
He accused the Federal Government of failing to protect Nigerians, citing insecurity, growing unemployment amongst other issues.
“There is a need for us as young people who are interested in the future of this country to raise our voices so we can be heard.
“Nigeria is currently in a state of emergency, our country has been reduced to a state of surrender; we cannot continue like this.
“Today, we are concerned as young people that a lot of our youths graduate from tertiary institutions and are unemployed because there is no job for them, this has increased the rate of crime in the country.
“Our demand today is for a conscious political revolution, a need for change in leadership”, he stressed.
Mr Olajegbensi also called for a revamp in various sectors of the economy.
The #RevolutionNow protest convened by former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore is taking in many states across Nigeria.
Sowore said the protest aimed at demanding good governance and justice from the Nigerian government.
Sahara Reporters, owned by Sowore, reports that about 40 protesters have been arrested across the country as at 11:00 am on Wednesday. An activist Deji Adeyanju put the figure of those arrested at 60.
The protesters bore banners and placards that said ‘Nigerians are sick and tired of poverty, corruption, injustice, Say no to injustice and other inscriptions.
The protesters, many of whom wore orange berets, converged on the Unity Fountain, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, and were about to begin their procession when security agents arrived the venue to dispersed them and arrested some of them in the process.
Soldiers and other security operatives also cordoned off adjoining streets including Aguiyi Ironsi Street to prevent the protesters from marching.
Elsewhere in Osogbo, Osun State capital, security officials arrested Olawale Bakare and six other #Revolutionnow protesters.
Bakare, known as ‘Mandate’ led the protesters in Osogbo who bore placards had converged on Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists located in the area.
The reported arrests and dispersal of the protesters have been condemned by some civil society organisations in the country. They said the arrests were undemocratic and violation of the protester’s human rights.
“The right to peaceful protests, assembly and association is fully guaranteed by the constitution (sec39 and 40). Peaceful protest is not a crime,” EiE Nigeria tweeted.
Amnesty International in Nigeria in a tweet said the ‘peaceful protest’ is a human right and should not be denied anyone demanding accountability and good governance.
It called on the Nigerian security forces “to end the ongoing attack on protesters at Unity Fountain, Abuja and across the country. (The) protest is a human right and use of excessive force on protesters is unlawful.”
None of the security agencies of the Nigerian government has spoken about the reported arrest of the protesters in different parts of the country as at the time of filing this report.