Today is the D day for #RevolutionNow protesters in Nigeria. The protest is a nationwide demonstration against the RevolutionNow protest is a nationwide demonstration against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government that was re-elected in February. But the officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) are ready, prepared and already disrupting the protest in Lagos.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had in a Sunday statement described the planned protest as a call that amounts to “treasonable felony and acts of terrorism”. He warned the organisers, sponsors, allies, supporters, associates and sympathisers of the protest to desist from embarking on it.
Despite his warning, protesters showed up for a demonstration at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria on August 5th, chanting revolution songs. They also demanded the release of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the protest who was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday, August 3.
They were met with dozens of police officers blocking off the entrance of the stadium in a bid to shut down the protest. Soldiers of the Nigerian Army were also stationed at the entrance of the stadium to deter protesters.
The DSS and the Federal Government accused Sowore, a candidate in February’s presidential election, of plotting to forcefully overthrow the government.
Shortly after the commencement of the protest, officers started firing tear gas canisters to disperse the handful of defiant protesters. Some of the protesters were injured in the middle of the chaos, while some were also arrested by police officers.
The event is still ongoing.