#RevolutionNow: Police, DSS clamp down on protesters in Abuja

In another setback for democracy and free speech in Nigeria, dozens of #RevolutionNow protesters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja were arrested by security agents on Wednesday.

Armed security operatives, including the Police, the Military and DSS patrolled the Unity Fountain meting point for the protests before it began.

And when protesters arrived, they were arrested by security operatives and taken away in their trucks.

Sources in the FCT however said the protests eventually held at various locations of the capital city.

Convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, alleged 62 protesters were arrested, saying the country had been cast back to the dark days of late despot, Sani Abacha.

“We are back to the Abacha days and this is most unfortunate. We are back to a time again in our national life when the government of the day has criminalized peaceful protests.

“Today we witnessed flogging, beating, harassing and arresting of peaceful protesters in the nation’s capital by a joint task force of security agencies.

“Many of us begin to wonder if this is what our democracy has come to be. It is most regrettable and unfortunate.

“But this is the sad and painful reality that we have found ourselves today. Alas this is where we are as a nation,” Adeyanju said.

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