- Nigerian security officials on Wednesday, August 5 used maximum force on peaceful protesters
- The protesters are members of Revolution Now, a group of young Nigerians who say they are tired of the old order
- There are simultaneous protests in the commercial city of Lagos, the country's capital, Abuja and Osogbo in Osun state
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Photos and videos on social media indicate that Nigerian security agents used maximum force on peaceful protesters in the commercial city of Lagos and the country's capital, Abuja on Wednesday, August 5.
The protesters are members of Revolution Now, a group of young Nigerians calling for a change in the way Nigeria is being governed.
The group is led by a former presidential candidate and media entrepreneur, Omoyele Sowore.
“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, Deji Adeyanju,” one of the leaders of the group tweeted.
“Police, Army and Airforce deployed in Abuja because of a protest but they can't do this for Southern Kaduna herdsmen massacre.
“They've arrested and assaulted protesters. This govt has lost it completely. History will never forget and forgive Buhari,” another member of the group tweeted.
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There are also similar protests in Calabar, Cross River state, Ibadan, Oyo state and Minaa, Niger state.
Some policemen had approached them and were discussing with the protesters.
While that was on, armed men of the DSS swooped on the protesters and arrested seven.
Over the years, the DSS itself has been used by successive governments to plunge the nation into palpable tension.
In the present administration, the DSS has invaded the National Assembly and the quarters of Federal High court judges in Abuja with a commando approach.
Meanwhile, Edo governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of planning violence and harassing his supporters ahead of the September 19 governorship election.
His words: “As I speak to you now, you can't imagine that police from Abuja are already in the state and have been paid to arrest our supporters.
“They have been paid by a billionaire to arrest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in the state. This billionaire sponsored the attacks on me and other PDP governors at the palace. This is to tell you the level of corruption and impunity we face.”
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