An assistant commissioner of police, Tijani Fatai, has stated the reason why police officers fired teargas at the #RevolutionisNow protesters at the National Stadium.
According to the ACP, the protesters were dispersed because they did not seek permission from the police before gathering, The Cable reports.
The activists had converged on the stadium ahead of a nationwide protest.
Addressing journalists after members of the movement were dispersed, Fatai justified the use of teargas in dislodging the protesters.
Asked why the police fired teargas at them, Fatai responded: “Because it is an unlawful assembly.”
Photos shared on social media showed people gathered at the Lagos national stadium where people were gathering for the event.
The forceful dispersal of protesters led to some scuffles that left a number of people bruised. Protesters were heard singing a famous revolutionary anthem about solidarity and fighting for their rights, AfricaNews reports.
A leader of the protest and publisher of Nigeria’s online news portal Sahara Reporters, Omowole Sowore was over the weekend detained by intelligence operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Local media reported that his arrest was linked to plans to mobilised people in Lagos and other parts of the country for a revolution protest tagged ‘Days of Rage’ to demand a better Nigeria.
The arrest has elicited a wide range of condemnation on social media with people accusing the government of seeking to stifle dissent and the right to peaceful protest.