Police arrest June 12 protesters in Ibadan for demanding end to hardship

The Oyo State Command of Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday arrested five June 12 protesters operating under the aegis of ‘Take It Back Movements’ in collaboration with Concerned Nigerians, another advocacy and human rights group.

Penpushing reports that the protesters gathered for a peaceful protest on the state of the nation and demanded an end to hardship in the country, insecurity, police brutality and kidnapping, reversal of electricity tariff hike, and an end to attacks on press freedom, among other things.

The group kicked started the peaceful protest said to have been designed alongside the democracy day at around 9.15 a.m., singing songs, displaying a long banner and placards with inscriptions such as ‘We are hungry,’ ‘Justice cannot be silenced,’ ‘The power of people is greater than the people in power,’ ‘United we stand, divided we fall.

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Penpushing further reports that the Commissioner of Police, Adebola Hamzat at about 9.30am arrived the Mokola round about venue of the protest with some of his men and dragged the demonstrators into a white Hilux bus.

The police boss wearing a black T-shirt and jeans stepped out of one of the Hilux buses in his entourage and ordered the arrest of the protesters amid heavy presence of police operatives, with Hilux buses and an armoured tank on standby.

Penpushing also reports that Hamzaat queried the officers present at the scene, berating them for allowing the protesters to carry on with the protest despite his repeated warnings and public statements.

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