We gathered that the protesters carrying placards and banners had set out as early as 8 am to demand good governance.
Some of the banners read, ‘Nigerians are sick and tired of poverty, corruption, injustice and untimely death’; ‘Say no to injustice’, ‘Yes to living wage for unemployed youths’.
The protesters, many of whom wore orange berets, converged on the Unity Fountain, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, and were about to begin their procession when policemen stormed the venue and dispersed them.
Soldiers and other security operatives also cordoned off adjoining streets including Aguiyi Ironsi Street to prevent the protesters from marching.
Human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, said he witnessed security agents beating protesters for no just cause.
Akinyode said, “They arrested about 29 of our people. Security officials made them to lie down and beat them. Even as a lawyer I was harassed. They pushed me around. This is very undemocratic.”
It was learnt that the protests are ongoing in other states, including Lagos.
In Osun, Olawale Bakare, convener of Revolution Now in the state was last year was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Olawale on Wednesday with members of the RevolutionNow converged at the popular Olaiya junction in Osogbo to state a protest against bad governance, lack of infrastructure, extra judicial activities among others.
The protesters were arrested while having a peaceful address with the police officers at Olaiya roundabout in Osogbo, the state capital
A yet to be identified member of the RevolutionNow while addressing security agents and onlookers was abruptly arrested by DSS while, Bakare and two others were also arrested, others fled the scene.
EyewitnessMedia recalls that in August 4, 2019, a human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore staged a protest in Lagos which led to his arrest and being detained.
Similarly, Olawale Bakare was also arrested in Osogbo and arraigned alongside Sowore.
They were eventually released following pressure from the international community and human rights organisations. Several protesters who were arraigned in court won their cases.