#RevolutionNow protesters were today arrested in Lagos, Abuja and Osogbo respectively.
The #RevolutionNow protest took place in several states across the country such as, Ondo, Cross Rivers, Niger, Lagos, Abuja among others.
In Abuja, the protesters, who were physically assaulted before their eventual arrest at the Unity Fountain area of the city, were released after being detained for several hours at the Eagles Square.
Many of the protesters said that the security operatives stole their mobile phones and wallets containing cash.
A lawyer, Tope Akinyode, confirmed the release of the protesters to SaharaReporters, and condemned the arrest of the peaceful demonstrators by security agents.
He said, “It is the height of executive rascality. Protesters were laid on the floor and were beaten, detained and battered. I too even as a lawyer was manhandled and pushed aside. It is pathetic and unfortunate.
“Buhari has not overcome his disposition towards governance but what we find entirely unfortunate and disappointing is that harmless protesters can be treated in such a degrading manner by Nigerian security forces.
“This is the same army that cannot crush Boko Haram terrorists and bandits wasting the life of Nigerians in Southern Kaduna. The same army now finds it convenient to attack and brutalise harmless citizens.”
The Movement for a Socialist Alternative has condemned the arrest of #RevolutionNow protesters by security operatives and demanded their immediate release.
MSA in a statement by its spokesperson, Dagga Tolar, on Wednesday condemned the use of security agents to attack peaceful demonstrators in the country.
The statement reads, “We received an unwholesome report of the arrest of some of our members and other activists converging for a peaceful protest by men of the Department of State Services (DSS) today, 5th of August. We are aware that Dunnex Samuel, a member of the MSA and student leader at the Obafemi Awolowo University, along with Mandate, Oguntola Sunday and other protesters were whisked away to an unknown location by the DSS in Osogbo.
“In Abuja, protesters converging for a similar protest have been arrested by the score while violent force was employed to disperse other peaceful protesters, most of whom suffered serious injuries from this mindless application of force on lawful protesters. Similar reports have been received from Lagos, where protesters met the same dehumanising violence in the hands of the Police and DSS men. We condemn this attack as part of the continuous descent of the country into a brutish state of military repression. It is completely unacceptable, and we enjoin all Nigerians interested in preserving this country’s hard-earned democracy to condemn this emboldened descent into a civilian-military dictatorship.
“The activists were converging for a protest called by the Coalition for a Revolution (CORE) to oppose unlawful police detention of citizens, economic hardship among other oppressive and anti-democratic tendencies of the President Buhari’s regime. It is an act of state terror, pure and simple, that these protesters were arrested for exercising their lawful rights to speak out loudly against the oppressive conditions obtainable across the country.
“We demand their immediate and unconditional release. We condemn this tradition of using the DSS to repress every lawful opposition to the oppressive regime of Muhammadu Buhari. Nigerians cannot have it, as the regime is suggesting, that they are a conquered people in their own country, who cannot express their dissatisfaction, no matter how peaceful, against the daily hardship and oppression they suffer in the hands of the capitalist hordes Buhari is representing.
“Once again, we call on everyone dissatisfied with the oppressive state of affairs in the country to join us in the strongest opposition to these arrests and brutalisation of peaceful protesters, and call for their immediate and unconditional release.”
The socialist movement in the Republic of Ireland duly represented by Mick Barry TD also pulled their weight behind the peaceful protesters who were unlawfully arrested.
In a post shared by Mick Barry on his social media page, the local Irish TD demands the immediate and unconditional release of political protesters in Lagos.
” I will be contacting the Nigeria Embassy today to demand the release of the political prisoners. No to oppression, no to state sanctioned violence!” Barry stated eshe sharedthe press release by Daggar Tolar, the spokesperson of MSA in Nigeria.
Security operatives deployed to disperse members of #RevolutionNow movement in Abuja also shaved off the hair of a protester with a knife and broken bottle.
The victim revealed that the officers asked him to prostrate on the floor before one of them pulled out a knife while another used a broken bottle to cut off his dreadlocks and shave his hair.
Another protester with bruises on his back, Damilare Adenola, said he was dehumanised and battered by the security operatives for taking part in the protest to demand better governance from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. He said he was flogged with iron and chain and kicked to the ground for no reason.
See pictures of protesters, some of which were arrested and maltreated below: