Police Arrest RevolutionNow Protesters
Protesters at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday, are being arrested by Nigeria Police and soldiers.
The soldiers had blocked the entrance of the stadium to deprive protesters from entering.
The protest was organized by a group headed by a former Presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore who was arrested by the DSS in the early hour of Saturday.
The organizers and other protesters vowed to continue despite the warnings by the Nigeria police.
At the stadium, shortly after, policemen fired teargas and shot into the air to disperse the protesters. Some members of the movement were also arrested.
A policeman, who spoke off the record, according to TheCable said that Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police, ordered that the protesters should be dispersed.
“We have a standing order from the IGP, not even the CP in Lagos can stop us,” he said.
Peter Afunaya, spokesman of the DSS, had told reporters in Abuja on Sunday that Sowore was arrested because he “crossed lines”.
“Sowore has as a matter of fact threatened the peaceful co-existence and social harmony of Nigeria, there is apprehension, there is anxiety, citizens and residents are worried as to what will happen next. We want to use this opportunity to assure law-abiding Nigerians, friends of Nigeria, and citizens of the world, that come tomorrow (today) 5th August 2019, there will be absolute peace in Nigeria, nothing will happen,” he had said.
“There won’t be any revolution, the government that has been elected democratically will be in place, there will not be any forceful takeover of government and the DSS will not stand idly by and watch self serving people take laws into their hands.”