Security operatives on Monday dispersed #RevolutionNow protesters in various parts of the country.
#RevolutionNow, according the conveners, is a civil advocacy and democratic action convened to challenge “the ravenous revolution of the ruling elite that have for decades put our nation and the common man in bondage.”
In Lagos, the protesters were accosted as they attempted to gather at National Stadium and tear gas was fired to disrupt the protests.
Earlier, the protesters had engaged the police in war of words and chanting of solidarity songs.
It was the ensuing melee that angered the officers to fire tear gas and many protesters reportedly got injured and others, including journalists who had gone to cover the events, arrested.
According to the police, the gathering was illegal and the actions of the security operatives were defended by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Tijani Fatai:
“We had to dislodge them because they don’t have any permit; nobody permitted them. There will be no gathering here (at the stadium) because nobody has asked for permission from the police to gather, peaceful or not-peaceful. So, it is an unlawful assembly.”Assistant Commissioner of Police, Tijani Fatai, defended the police action while speaking to reporters on the protest
However, the secretary of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Olayinka Folarin disagreed.
He said that civil organisations did not need police permission to convey a peaceful protest.
“We assembled in a lawful manner at the front of the stadium. But the military and the police dispersed us; they shot tear gas at us. They arrested some of our people, including journalists. They whisked them away to an unknown location.”Olayinka Folarin, Secretary of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, speaking on actions of security operatives during the protest.
In Abuja, protesters demanded the release of Omoyele Sowore who is being held by DSS in connection with calling for the protest.
Also, the protesters delivered a letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Maitama, Abuja, wherein they expressed worries over alleged silence of the Commission on the various happenings in the country.
The coordinator of the group, Dare-Atoye Ariyo said:
“We are completely dissatisfied by the eerie silence of the National Human Rights Commission in the face of these undemocratic developments.Dare-Atoye Ariyo on alleged silence of NHRC in defending the rights of Nigerians
“Our dissatisfaction is further aggravated by the fact that the role of the NHRC in defending the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Nigerians is well-revered and dearly treasured by Nigerians.”
Similar protests held in different parts of the country were aborted by security operatives.