Men of the Lagos State Police Command have clamped down on residents who joined the #RevolutionNow protest in the state.
Reports revealed that no fewer than 20 of the protesters, including Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, were arrested.
Jamiu Towolawi, One of the protesters, said that the police also attacked members of the group around the Ikeja Along area, adding that 15 people are missing.
As at the last count, we have confirmed the arrest of 20 people and 15 are still missing. They shot tear gas at us at Ikeja Underbridge and brutalised our people. Agba Jalingo is among those arrested.
According to him, more than 100 of the protesters had converged on the Ikeja office of the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights for a press briefing.
Meanwhile, responding to a text message after failing to answer calls on the alleged police attack, Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, reports said, assured on reply after “briefs across the state.”
Earlier, in other parts of the country, several #RevolutionNow protesters have been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army.
In Abuja, as early as 8 am, the protesters, carrying placards and banners, had set out to demand good governance.
The protesters, many of whom wore orange berets, converged on the Unity Fountain, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, and were about to begin their procession when policemen stormed the venue and dispersed them.
Soldiers and other security operatives also cordoned off adjoining streets including Aguiyi Ironsi Street to prevent the protesters from marching.
Human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, said he witnessed security agents beating protesters for no just cause.
They arrested about 29 of our people. Security officials made them to lie down and beat them. Even as a lawyer I was harassed. They pushed me around. This is very undemocratic.
The leader of the group, Omoyele Sowore, who is a former Presidential candidate, was detained last year for about three months while court orders for his release were ignored.
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