The police in Lagos have arrested over 27 persons taking part in peaceful demonstrations against bad governance in the country.
Some yet to be identified journalists were also arrested by the police while covering the peaceful agitation.
The protesters under the aegis of #RevolutionNow staged the demonstration to coincide with Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary in Lagos and other cities across Nigeria and beyond.
Some of the protesters were arrested around the Maryland area of the metropolis while at least two others were picked up at Badagry while the march went on.
Eight people were said to have been arrested while inside a bus heading to Ikorodu in Maryland.
At least 21 of those arrested are currently at ‘Area H’ Police Station in the Ogudu area of the city.
The policemen paraded the venue of the demonstration in ‘Black Maria’ trucks and other vehicles to seize and throw those arrested into.
But despite the intimidation by the law enforcement agency, Nigerians have continued to go ahead with the protest in different cities across the country.
Asserting on the need for the protest, Agba Jalingo, had said, “We are tired of Buhari and we want to tell the whole world that we are tired. Even with all the police mobilisation, we are here to show them our determination to confront this government.
“We are not going to be afraid of them. We will protest regardless of what they do. Nigerians are tired of bearing the burden that Buhari keeps piling on us, they must reverse the increase in fuel price, end ASUU strike.”
Justifying the need for the protest, the organisers, in a statement said, “These harsh policies that have bored a burdensome hole into the pockets of the Nigerian people are coming at a time when citizens are recovering from the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global health crisis that was also mismanaged by the Buhari government, plunging already struggling citizens into deeper financial problems.
“It also comes at a time when there is an unprecedented dictatorial-style crackdown on free speech, dissent, activism, journalism, and the right to associate and congregate peacefully and protest.”