Several peaceful protesters under the umbrella of #RevolutionNow have been molested and arrested Wednesday by security agents from the Nigeria Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigerian Army.
The protesters demanded good governance, end to extrajudicial killings, proper infrastructural development, the sack of service chiefs over due to the poor security situation in the country, low employment opportunities, and among other agitations.
The protests were in states such as Ondo, Lagos, Ogun, Niger, Osun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mark the first anniversary of the #RevolutionNow Movement.
According to activists, over 100 protesters have been arrested. Deji Adeyanju has reported that a right activist, around 60 protesters were arrested in Abuja at the Unity Fountain and whisked away in police trucks.
Mr Adeyanju, who also took part in the protest, shared pictures of protesters who were ordered to lie face down by armed security agents on Twitter.
“Security agents harassing peaceful protesters but they run or cry when they see Boko Haram or bandits,” he said. “We are currently witnessing a joint madness by the military, police and other security agencies as over 60 of our comrades have been arrested over peaceful #RevolutionNow protest. The Abacha days are here once again.
Witnesses said at least, 10 persons, including Agba Jalingo, a journalist, were arrested by the police. The protesters were arrested at Ikeja Along while at their second convergence for the protest on Wednesday.