The rights activist, Femi Falana, has reacted to the armed security operatives who in their numbers on Wednesday morning, September 18, blocked the Adeniyi Jones premises of the Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR) and the Lagos office of online site Sahara Reporters to prevent planned meeting of pro-revolutionist.
Falana said the government should stop harassing law abiding citizens, noting that Sowore has been held for over 45 days in defiance to the court ruling that granted the DSS 45-day remand.
Conveners of the #RevolutionNow movement had planned to commence their agitations around 11 am for the release of Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore and other agitators arrested by security agents for alleged treasonable felony.
But as early as 7am on Wednesday, operatives of the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and the military laid siege to the CDHR under the guise of preventing breakdown of law and order.
Unknown to the security agents, the protesters had another card up their sleeves as the planned protest kicked-off on the streets and not the CDHR office as anticipated.
The protesters who spotted orange berets and carried banners inscribed “free them all,” “kill insecurity, bad governance”, embarked on a kilometre march from Under Bridge Ikeja to Allen Avenue despite.
Co-convener of Coalition for Revolution (CORE) Olaseni Ajayi said the invasion was another desperate attempt to forcefully stop the planned peaceful agitation against detention of activists without trial.
He said the action by the government only confirmed that the civil rights fought for over the years were crudely being removed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
He said: “The right to speech, association, protest and even to think are no more guaranteed under this neo-regime.
“However, our agitation for the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore, Agba Jalingo, Abayomi Olawale (Mandate) and all others currently being held in Buhari detention centres, and for the revolutionary transformation of the country continues.”
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“In spite of the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression the Police had wanted to disrupt and stop the peaceful meeting of law abiding citizens to discuss the illegal detention of Omoyele Sowore, Agba Jalingo, Abayomi Olawale and scores of others being incarcerated in various detention facilities in the country.”