Armed Policemen of Lagos State Police Command yesterday, arrested no fewer than 15 protesters and four journalists during an anti-fuel and electricity tariff hike protest and forcefully dispersed the protesters at Ojuelegba area of the state.
The protest was organized by leaders of the Lagos Chapels the Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, National Conscience Party of Nigeria, NCP, and Campaign for Workers Democratic Rights, CWDR, to protest the recent hike the in the pump price of Petrol, increase in electricity tariff and perceived de-registration of some political parties including SPN and NCP.
Those arrested were National Youth Leader of SPN, Chinedu Bossah, SPN’s National Executive member, Hassan Taiwo Soweto, Dagga Tolar, Christopher Harry, Abisoye Kosoko, Tunde Yusuf, Akande Abiola, Ayo Ademiluyi, Ifeanyi Onwunalu, Davy Fidel, Adetunji Gbenga, Usman Khadijat, Moshood Oshunfurewa and Taiwo Alao.P. The Journalists were Ifeoluwa Adediran of Premium times, Abiodun Ayeoba of Saharara reporters, Awoniyi Oluwatosin of Objectv media and Daniel Tanimu of Galaxy TV.
The peaceful protest which took-off at the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, sub-national secretariat, Jejuosho, Yaba, was without incident until the protesters got to Ojuelegba. At Ojulegba, the policemen from Area C swooped on the protesters from different directions including those following them from Tejuosho, and surrounded the protester,
One of the leaders of the protesters, and Chairman of CWDR, Rufus Olusesan, told jounalist that the leader of the policemen ordered the protesters “to surrender their protest materials including posters, handbills and banners, but we refused and told them that the constitution guarantees us the right to peaceful protest.
The policemen started cocking their guns, threatening to shoot us and ordered us to seat on the floor, That was how 15 of us and four journalists were arrested, crammed in a Police van and taken to Area C. From Area C, our arrested colleagues including the four journalists were taken to Police Headquarters, Ikeja. It was at the Police headquarters that the four journalists were released, the police officials were preparing to arraign the protesters as of the time of this report.