There is pandemonium currently ongoing as members of the #RevolutionNow movement who converged on the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday, August 5, were forcefully dispersed by a combined team of soldiers and policemen drafted to the scene.
The Cable reports that the protesters had arrived at the stadium at about 7 am for the kick-off of the protest but met a detachment of policemen at the entrance of the stadium who prevented them from going inside.
Shortly after, a detachment of soldiers later joined the policemen and insisted that the protesters leave the stadium but they insisted that they were exercising their fundamental rights.
A member of the group, Eliaz Ozikpu, who spoke to newsmen, said 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 said.
The protesters, however, started chanting, calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the movement who was arrested Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and to disperse them, the soldiers and policemen began shooting into the air to scare them away.