Security agents on Wednesday arrested about 67 #RevolutionNow protesters in Abuja and Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
Sixty people were arrested in Abuja by a combined team of Army, Police and other security agencies, while seven people were arrested by personnel of Department of State Services (DSS) in Osogbo.
The protesters who were coming from Mararaba axis of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were arrested around the Unity Fountain and taken away in police trucks.
Security agents have began stop and search operations at some locations in the city to identify and arrest protesters.
The conveners of the protest on Tuesday announced details of the mass action, including convergence points in 10 different states across the nation.
Omoyele Sowore, an activist, is the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest which he birthed in 2019 amidst stiff opposition by some members of the society and the nation in general. While some think it is an avenue to show their grievances, others think it is unconstitutional and is capable of inciting the right thinking members of the society against the government of the day.
Undaunted as usual by whatever the stand point of many is, Sowore had called for the demonstration against “bad governance and corruption” in the Buhari administration.
But he is not participating in the protest owing to a court order preventing him from joining mass gatherings as part of his bail conditions after he had spent over 130 days in detention as an offshoot of similar protest.
In the same vein, the DSS arrested an activist, Olawale Bakare, who is standing trial with the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, in a case brought against them by the Nigerian Government, and six other #RevolutionNow protesters wearing orange colour cap around Olaiya Area of Osogbo.
The protesters led by Bakare, aka ‘Mandate,’ armed with placards had converged on Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) 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, DSS operatives swooped on the protesters and arrested seven of them, including Bakare.