The Nigeria Security Operatives; Nigerian Army forces, Nigeria Police force, the operatives of the Department of Secret Service (DSS) and other security officers have arrested some participants of the #RevolutionNow protest on Wednesday, August 5, take to the streets across the country to demand better governance from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that, in August 5, 2019, one year ago, after the people took the same route in a peaceful protest tagged #RevolutionNow to demand a better society from the same administration, nothing significant has changed – instead the people have had their rights grossly violated by a regime whose draconian and unfriendly policies continue to plunge millions of individuals and households deeper into poverty.
Convener of the protest movement, Omoyele Sowore, a human rights crusader known globally for speaking truth to power, was arrested on August 3, 2019 by Nigeria’s ruthless and lawless Department of State Services and was kept in jail from that period until December 24 when an international outrage forced Buhari’s government to release him after initially flouting two court orders sanctioning his freedom on bail.
Today, people take to the streets across the country to demand better governance from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Newsflash247 gathering the report from each state where the participants of the #RevolutionNow protest take place.
In Lagos State, the police have arrested 10 participants of the #RevolutionNow protest currently ongoing across the country.
The protesters, who gathered at the Ikeja area of Lagos, were attacked by the police with teargas canisters in order to disperse them.
Those arrested have been moved to an unknown destination while others at the scene of the protest are being chased by the police to leave the vicinity.
The demonstrators had taken to the streets early this morning to demand better governance from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In Ondo State, the residents of Ondo have taken to the Ore area of the state to participate in the #RevolutionNow protest ongoing across major cities in Nigeria.
The protesters, largely made up of young people, are demanding a better society and improved welfare for citizens from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Armed security personnel are stationed in strategic locations within the Ore axis as the protesters march across major streets, calling for the people to rise up and fight for their rights.
In Osun State, the operatives of the Department of Secret Service (DSS) arrested #RevolutionNow protesters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
A leader of the Revolution Now in Osun State, Olawale Bakare and others has been arrested on Wednesday by operatives of the DSS during a peaceful protest in Osogbo.
Bakare and other members of the movement numbering about six were arrested on Wednesday morning while they were addressing journalists at a popular junction, Ola-Iya.
The protesters who were armed with placards with several inscriptions against bad governance, lack of infrastructure, extrajudicial activities and others were arrested in the presence of policemen.
Other members who were on the scene ran away to avoid arrest.
In Abuja, the country capital, despite the arrest of over 40 participants, #RevolutionNow protesters have defied the presence of heavily-armed security personnel in Abuja to embark on their planned demonstration against the Nigerian Government.
The protesters earlier arrested around the Unity Fountain area were said to have been arraigned before a mobile court sitting at the Eagles Square on trumped up charges.
Another set of protesters were also arrested at the Berger roundabout area of the city when demonstrating against the government.
Though, leader of the #RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore, was not physically present at the venue of the event, his spirit and ideas manifested through the voices of others at the occasion.
A member of the movement and lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, called for the scrapping of the 1999 constitution to pave way for Nigerians to decide a new constitution through a referendum.
He said, “The 1999 constitution is a fraudulent document, scrap it and let the people make their own constitution.
“We call for the abolition of tuition fees in universities and secondary schools.
“President Buhari must stop the killings in the country by sacking all the incompetent service chiefs.
“Government must stop all estimated billing by the power companies, provide pre-paid meters for free, and communities must have the right to audit the electricity bills they get, and review the licenses of all discos.
“Free all political prisoners now, including El Zakzaky and his wife and create employment for the youth.”