Since yesteday, The Nigeria Police, in virtually all the state capitals of the country, has been having it very tough to douse the huge crisis generated by members of the #RevolutionNow group. The deployment and arrests of champions of the protest have failed to prevent the rising protests by the group that is almost turning Nigeria into Mali
The protests, called by Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore and Coalition for Revolution (CORE) and tagged national day of action, were scheduled to take place simultaneously across major cities in Nigeria in commemoration of the first anniversary of #RevolutionNow Movement.
In Lagos where the protest attracted huge followership, security forces fired tear gas at protesters at Ikeja Under Bridge and on the Third Mainland Bridge. As the protesters assembled at Ikeja Under Bridge chanting solidarity songs, armed policemen disrupted the march with tear gas. Some protesters resisted the action and the police had to shoot into the air to disperse them.
In Calabar, south-east Nigeria, many protesters were arrested by the police. One of those arrested was Agba Jalingo, publisher of Cross River Watch, who was only recently freed after nearly six months in detention.
In Abuja, despite their arrest and arrangement at mobile courts, members of the group in Abuja manoeuvred their way out of police vigilance and staged a protest at Berger Roundabout. Some of the protesters earlier arrested at the Unity Fountain were reportedly arraigned at a mobile court sitting at Eagles Square on the allegation that they flouted the COVID-19 guidelines.
Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, has denied arresting #RevolutionNow protesters.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Anjuguri Manza, who made the denial, told a local reporter of The Guardian no police officer was involved in the arrests.
“Heavy deployment of police personnel is a normal thing in the FCT; there is actually nothing new about it. It is a normal deployment to ensure the protection of lives and properties,” he said