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Monday, August 05, 2019

#RevolutionNow protest: Gunshots @National Stadium Lagos

The air around the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday morning, showed several gunshots with armed policemen and soldiers hunting and dispersing members of the hashtag RevolutionNow movement who converged at the venue, Surulere, Lagos, reports ITREALMS.

“The protesters, who arrived at the stadium around 7am on Monday, for the kick-off of the protest met a detachment of policemen at the entrance of the stadium. And some soldiers later joined the policemen,” reports TheCable.

The report further quoted a protester, who gave name as Eliaz Ozikpu, lamenting that he was discussing the protest plans with others when security operatives crossed over the road to meet them.

“We were standing here, while they watched us from the other side. Suddenly, they moved on us and said we can’t talk to the press. We weren’t even talking to the press yet. We were addressing ourselves,” he was quoted as saying.

In addition, he said, “The protesters, however, started chanting calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the movement who was arrested Friday night by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).”

ITREALMS gathered that both the Police and the Presidency had categorised the protest as treasonable felony and warned the organisers to abandon the venture but lawyers and activists disagreed, saying that street protest cannot be regarded as treason.

Although there were series of gunshots at proposed venue but the incident has been recorded.
Ayo Midele/Editor

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