Nigerian Security Agents subjecting peaceful #RevolutionNow protesters to inhuman and degrading treatment at unity fountain In Abuja,on Wednesday, August 5 2020.
Today is the D-DAY, #RevolutionNow action nationwide and globally. We urge ALL Nigerian citizens home and abroad to come out to undertake mass action against tyranny, corruption, incompetence, wickedness in the highest places! We urge security forces to act rationally. FREEDOM!
Olawale Bakare, convener of RevolutionNow in Osogbo, Osun State capital last year, was rearrested by operatives of the Department of Secret Service, DSS.
It will be recalled that on August 4, 2019, a human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner and 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.
Olawale on Wednesday with members of the Revolution Now converged at the popular Olaiya junction in Osogbo to stage a protest against bad governance, lack of infrastructure, extra-judicial activities among others.
The protesters while having a peaceful protest, addressed the police officers at the scene on their mission.
A yet to be identified member of the RevolutionNow while addressing security agents and onlookers was abruptly arrested by DSS.
Meanwhile, Bakare and two others were also arrested, as others fled the scene.
The Department of State Services, on Wednesday, arrested Olawale Bakare and six other #RevolutionNow protesters wearing orange-coloured caps around Olaiya area of Osogbo, Osun State capital.
The protesters led by Bakare aka Mandate armed with placards had converged on Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists located in the area and informed newsmen that they wanted to address them.
While waiting outside for the leadership of the chapel to invite them in, some policemen had approached them and were discussing with the protesters.
While that was on, armed men of Department of State Services swooped on the protesters and arrested seven of them.
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The planned protests by the Coalition for Revolution, conveners of the “Revolution Now” protests, is only a subterfuge.
It is, in fact, another attempt by the anarchist Omoyele Sowore to actualise his desire for chaos and destabilisation, the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has warned.
“Security agents, including the Directorate of State Services (DSS) must understand that what is being touted as a protest against corruption, is not what it is. It is that notorious group making an attempt to push its agenda of “revolution” under a seemingly innocuous umbrella.
In a press statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO called on security agents and government prosecutors to take notice of the potential breach of Mr Sowore’s bail conditions.
The group recalled that one of the conditions for Sowore bail by the court was that he was not to attend or participate in any form of rallies or protests pending the determination of the charges against him.
“A protest by Sowore’s Revolution Now Group is a protest by Sowore, albeit by proxy. He is the planner and it should be seen for the subterfuge that it is. The objectives of this sinister and dangerous group have not changed. What we have here is Sowore playing puppeteer over the protesters to do his bidding.
“We call on the prosecutors of Sowore’s matter, the DSS and the courts not to take this breach lightly.”
It is recalled that the DSS had warned, a few weeks ago, that there were plans by some persons to destabilise the country.
The Buhari Media Organization stated that, that warning was not unconnected with the evil plans by Mr Sowore and his men to start an uprising in the country.