Police attack “RevolutionNow” protesters in Lagos

Police attack “RevolutionNow” protesters in Lagos

06 Aug 2019, by Kez@ClosingSpaces in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

The “RevolutionNow” protest is a nationwide demonstration against the President Muhammad Buhari-led government that was re-elected in February. The Inspector-General of Police,  had in a Sunday statement described the planned protest as a call that amounts to “treasonable felony and acts of terrorism”. He warned the organisers, sponsors, allies, supporters, associates and sympathisers of the protest to desist from embarking on it.

But despite his warning, protesters showed up for a demonstration at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday, chanting revolution songs.They were met with dozens of police officers blocking off the entrance of the stadium in a bid to shut down the protest. Soldiers of the Nigerian Army were also stationed at the entrance of the stadium to deter protesters.

Shortly after the commencement of the protest, officers started firing tear gas canisters to disperse the handful of defiant protesters. Some of the protesters were injured in the chaos that ensued, while some were also arrested by police officers.

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceNigeria
State of OccurrenceLagos
Date of Occurrence05 Aug 2019
Security Agents InvolvedThe Police. The Directorate of Security Service
Legal FoundationsSection 39 and 40
Rights ImplicatedRights to Free Speech and Assembly
Region of Occurrence South West Nigeria

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