The Lagos state police command said Thursday that those arrested during the protest independence day celebration in Lagos state will face the court of law for unlawful gathering.
Thirty protesters were arrested in Lagos while 20 were nabbed in Osogbo, Osun state but released thereafter.
This was contained in a statement released by the police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, following the arrest of the protesters at Maryland area of the metropolis.
The protesters who belonged to an organised body, Coalition for Revolution (CORE) came out in their numbers bearing placards calling for a change of government in Nigeria.
The protest, which took off from Ojota around 9:30 am proceeded to Maryland where the protest was halted by police officers with 30 of the protesters arrested.
The police command had earlier issued a warning against gatherings under the guise of rallies or protest on Independence Day, saying anyone caught will be arrested and charged to court.
“The Lagos state police command has arrested 30 protesters at various locations within the state for unlawful assembly and conduct likely to cause breach of public peace, and other offences including violation of COVID-19 protocols/laws in the state,” police said.
In Osogbo, Osun state capital, 20 members of #RevolutionNow who staged a protest were arrested. The protesters were seen chanting anti-government songs in the Old Garage area.
Addressing newsmen during the protest, the leader of the protesters, Victor Abiodun, alleged that 20 protesters were arrested but were later released by the security men.
He said, “It is bad that peaceful protesters will be harassed and arrested by security operatives. By the way, the security operatives are suffering also from the bad policies we are protesting against too.”