SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 19 – The Nigerian Army and police have sealed off the venue of a symposium where Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana and other prominent intellectuals were scheduled to address the state of insecurity in the country.
The programme organised by a group known as Coalition for Revolution (CORE) was billed to hold at 46, Ibijoke street, Oluyole bus-stop, Oregun, Lagos.
It has as its theme: “Democracy, State Repression and the State of insecurity in Nigeria”.
Today’s Echo gathered that the government’s response may have been influenced by the identity of the organnizers, who are also behind the RevolutionNow protest.
One of the organizers, Elias Ozikpu, told Today’s Echo that the security forces had sealed off the venue of the event as early as 7:am with the police arresting bystanders.
“This event is billed to hold today. Curiously, as at 07:00 AM this morning, armed military officers, police and the DSS took over the venue and sealed it up. They are arresting bystanders and have denied the owner access into his own facility,” Ozikpu said.