The RevolutionNow protesters took to the streets of Lagos on Monday to protest against the arrest of their leader and activist, Omoyele Sowore, by DSS operatives. They also voiced the level of bad governance and raging insecurity in the country.
What started as a peaceful protest, especially at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, became a major ruckus when well-armed security personnel arrived the scene and started shooting tear gas at some of the protesters before arresting a few others.
Inibehe Effiong, human rights lawyer and legal representative of Omoyele Sowore, the detained leader of the #RevolutionNow movement and National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC), has confirmed the release of six out of nine members of the RevolutionNow movement arrested by security forces in Lagos.
Barrister Effiong made this known during an interview with a news outlet. He stated that nine arrested protesters were arraigned in court on Tuesday morning but at the end of the hearing, only six were granted bail by the court.
He said: "As I speak to you, about 60 of ‘Revolution Now’ protesters have been arrested nationwide.
“Some were arraigned in court. I can confirm to you that in Lagos, six out of nine who were arrested on Monday were arraigned today and granted bail.”
When asked about Omoyele Sowore’s condition, the AAC legal adviser informed the press that his client, Sowore, had been denied his fundamental rights indefinitely, and told the federal government to either arraign Sowore or release him, not detain him in custody beyond his civil rights.
"Sowore has to be released. Until he is released, the agitation is going to continue. We are not going to compromise on that. We are not going to be intimidated by anybody.
“We are insisting that his rights and those of other ‘Revolution Now’ protesters be restored immediately,” Effiong added