Police Disperse RevolutionNow Protests in Lagos With Sheer Force

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True to its promise, the Nigerian Police has dispersed the RevolutionNow protests held on Monday in Lagos, shortly after it began.

Earlier on Saturday, shortly after the Department of State Services arrested protest leader Omoyele Sowore, the police released a statement calling the protests a ‘treasonable action’ and vowing to stop it at all cost. The DSS also released a statement saying the government will not stand by and allow a group of people to call for its overthrow as the protest is tagged ‘Revolution’.

Today’s Echo gathers that the protesters mobilized at the National stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Monday morning. An eyewitness told Today’s Echo that as soon as the protesters gathers, a heavily armed convoy of policement descended on the scene and attacked the protesters in full force

“This is where the organisers of the movement began their planned match,” the source said, referring to the stadium area, “but when they were gathering several detachments of the Nigeria police swooped on them and disrupted the gathering. So many people were arrested and whisked away. Cannisters of teargas was released and the crowd started dispersing and thinning out.”

There have also been reports of shots been fired and at least one person has been seen with what looks like a gunshot wound.

Today’s Echo can confirm that there are still several police vehicles stationed at the scene to prevent the protesters from regrouping.

Elsewhere in Lagos and across the country, heavily armed and stern looking soldiers and policemen have been deployed to strategic locations to forestall the gathering of protesters.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have condemned the action of the security forces. See some of the comments on Twitter below:

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