Osogbo—No matter warning by the Police, protests yesterday rocked Osogbo, Lagos and Abuja over poor governance, as a result of the nation celebrated its sixtieth neutral anniversary.
The protesters, who acknowledged they’ve been merely exercising their fundamental rights, argued that the protection companies had no correct to suppress their wish to complain about how the nation was being mismanaged.
In Osogbo, the Osun State capital, makes an try by the Division of State Suppliers, DSS, to stop the protest failed as arrested protesters regrouped after they’ve been launched and launched into peaceful protest all through primary streets inside the metropolis.
Some protesters, nonetheless, alleged that they’ve been assaulted inside the build-up to the second protest.
A combined group of Police and DSS had, as early as 8am, gathered on the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park the place the protesters have been billed to converge.
Nonetheless, the protesters, whatever the heavy presence of security personnel, met on the venue and moved across the Outdated Storage roundabout sooner than they’ve been forcibly dispersed.
About 10 of the protesters have been arrested, whereas two have been brutalised by the protection personnel in an attempt and take them away, nevertheless completely different protesters stood their flooring, insisting that their colleagues be launched or they should all be taken into detention.
The protesters, beneath the aegis of Coalition for Revolution, CORE, after securing the discharge of various members, regrouped at Ola-Iya junction the place moreover they’d altercation with one different group of DSS officers sooner than they proceeded with the protest.
Considered one of many conveners, Basit Olokuta of Youth Vanguard for Nationwide Progress, YOVANAD, berated the DSS personnel for the best way they assaulted protesters at Outdated-Storage for peacefully demanding a larger nation.
“It is enormously unfortunate proper now inside the historic previous of Nigeria as a democratic nation that personnel of the DSS can harass and brutalise female protesters.
‘’They’d wished to take them away nevertheless we stood our flooring sooner than they’ve been launched. I was moreover mercilessly overwhelmed at Ola-Iya junction by the DSS males sooner than we’ve been allowed to proceed with the protest,” he acknowledged.
Within the meantime as a result of the protesters proceed to show in entrance of the Correspondent’s Chapel in Osogbo, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Oyetunji Olaonipekun, who ran into the protest stopped to level out solidarity with the protesters.
The Oba, who wound down his car’s window glass, knowledgeable the protesters that their movement was inside the curiosity of Nigerians and will lead to an end to harmful governance.
“This protest is true so as that it’s going to doubtless be able to acceptable this anomaly on this nation I help your movement. God bless you,” he acknowledged.
In Lagos, no fewer than eight people have been arrested when security operatives disrupted the RevolutionNow protest.
The protesters, who stormed Ojota and Maryland axis of the state, marched by means of the streets demanding a larger society.
They’ve been on their means home when a gaggle of armed cops attacked them.
Kayode Jaiyeola, a photojournalist with The PUNCH who was overlaying the event, was brutalised by the cops.
He was overwhelmed with a baton which left him bleeding on the highest.
Lagos State police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, was acknowledged to have later apologised to journalists for the “irresponsible act”, and that the police officer involved had been arrested and disarmed.
“The individual was doing his lawful duty and the police assaulted him, we’re going to deal with it. As quickly as as soon as extra, I apologies for that,” Odumosu acknowledged.
He moreover acknowledged the medical bill of the journalist could be taken care of by the police.
In Abuja, RevolutionNow Movement held a avenue demonstration to protest poor governance.
The group, led by a former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, moreover stormed the USA Embassy to express displeasure over the alarming state of insecurity and monetary backwardness inside the nation.
The protesters equally demanded the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged failure of his administration to cope with insecurity, hunger, and corruption inside the land.
Bearing banners with inscriptions just like ‘Buhari has failed’, ‘Resign Now’, and ‘Failed administration has made Nigeria the poverty capital of the world’’, the protesters marched by means of Area 1 roundabout, chanting solidarity songs to amplify their message.
Speaking to reporters by the protest, Sowore demanded the reversal of all ‘anti-people’ insurance coverage insurance policies carried out by the present administration.
He acknowledged: “These harsh insurance coverage insurance policies which have burnt a burdensome hole into the pockets of Nigerian people are coming at a time residents are recovering from the adversarial affect of the COVID-19 pandemic, a world effectively being catastrophe mismanaged by the Buhari’s authorities, extra plunging already struggling residents into deeper financial points.
“It moreover comes at a time there’s an unprecedented dictatorial-style crackdown on free speech, dissent, activism, journalism and the perfect to congregate peacefully and protest.”
The demonstration was initially billed to begin on the Unity Fountain by 8;00am nevertheless troopers, policemen, and completely different security brokers took over the venue sooner than the protest commenced.
Totally different primary activists who joined the protest included Aisha Yesufu, Ariyo Dare-Atoye, Henry Defend, Adebayo Raphael, and Deji Adeyanju.
The critics unanimously condemned what they described as oppression inside the nation.
Yesufu, in her remarks, well-known that the fortunes of the nation have been on a downward spiral, stressing that urgent steps must be taken to arrest the state of affairs.
She moreover berated the federal authorities for failing to deal with the insecurity inside the nation.
Within the meantime, on the US Embassy, Deji Adeyanju, lashed out at authorities for failing to deal with the nagging security draw back inside the nation.
He appealed to the US to place a visa ban on the Director-Widespread of the Division of State Suppliers, DSS, for clamping down on protesters in Osogbo.
On his half, Raphael Adebayo acknowledged Nigerians have handed a vote of no confidence on the nation’s political administration.
Within the meantime, Socio-Monetary Rights and Accountability Enterprise, SERAP, has condemned the assault on Punch photographer, and referred to as on Nigerian authorities to immediately stop persistent assaults on protesters and journalists and end repression on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
In a press launch by SERAP, Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, whereas reacting to the incident, acknowledged, “ We condemn the assaults instantly (yesterday) on #RevoltionNow peaceful protesters and journalists overlaying the protests along with the reported bodily assault of a photojournalist with The PUNCH, Olukayode Jaiyeola by males of the Lagos State Police Command.
“Nigerians have every motive to peacefully protest repression, and the federal authorities of President Buhari has constitutional and worldwide obligations to allow them to take motion safely.
“We identify on the worldwide neighborhood and the UN Office of Extreme Commissioner for Human Rights, the African Charge on Human and Peoples’ Rights to publicly condemn these violations and to hold Nigerian authorities to account for systematic violations of human rights, freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.”