Several protesters were arrested at the National Stadium in Lagos Monday after a crowd gathered to begin #RevolutionNow, a series of planned protests against bad governance in Nigeria.
The decision of the Nigerian government to arrest and detain Omoyele Sowore, a key organiser of the protest, early Saturday morning served to amplify the protest into the consciousness of a lot of Nigerians.
As early as 8 a.m., the protesters started to assemble at the stadium in Surulere but met a battery of armed police officers who fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.
More than 20 police patrol vehicles and armoured personnel carriers, as well as anti-riot and civil defence officers and operatives of the Military Joint Taskforce, were stationed at the two main entrance to the stadium.
USBCMEDIA gather that at least nine people were arrested and taken away by the police.
Stanley Imhanruor, one of the members of the #RevolutionNow, said the arrested protesters were kept in a police van parked inside the Area C Police Command in Surulere.
“That’s the number I can confirm now,” said Mr Imhanruor, a lawyer.
“They are still there, we just went to give them food and we will wait around to monitor where they will be taken to.”
A police officer at the Command told NEWSMEN they were awaiting the directive of the Area Commander on the arrested protesters.
Those arrested include Segun Babatunde Osunla, Gabriel Ojumah, Ehis Omohomio, Aniobi Stanley, Victor Ogungbenro, Elias Ozikpu, Kenechukwu Ukachukwu, Banwo Olagokun, and Sanyaolu Juwon.
USBCMEDIA learnt that the police also assaulted some journalists who had arrived to cover the protest.
One of them, who identified herself as Amanda, said her phone was initially taken from her despite showing her ID card to the police officers.
“A female officer returned my phone and she told me, ‘If you have sense, you’ll leave.”
In Ibadan, a combined team of security operatives Monday morning took over the main entrance of the University of Ibadan to preempt the protest.
The officers from the police, State Security Service, Nigerian Army, NSCDC and Oyo State combined security team codenamed “Operation Burst” had, as early as 6;30 a.m. taken over the gate in anticipation of the protest march.
However, the security agents did not prevent movement despite their heavy presence.