Sowore: RevolutionNow Protests Hold In Lagos, UK, Italy

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The #RevolutionNow coalition Wednesday simultaneously held a peaceful protest in Lagos, United Kingdom and Italy against the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore, Adebayo Olawale and Agba Jalingo.

Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general election and founder of Sahara Reporters, was arrested for allegedly planning to convene a nationwide protest tagged: #RevolutionNow.

Despite his arrest on the scheduled date, the protest held in some cities in Nigeria, including Lagos.

It was however marred as it was hijacked by hoodlums and invasion by the police, leading to the death of one and arrest of many.

While Sowore was arrested on August 3, Olawale was arrested on August 5 for allegedly participating in #RevolutionNow protest; and Jalingo, a journalist, who was arrested on August 22, has since been charged with treason.

The protesters in UK took their grievances to the Nigerian High Commission, while those in Italy stormed the Nigerian Consulate to make their demands known.

Within Nigeria gathered that the protest would also hold today at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United State.

According to the group, the protest was part of the global action to demand the unconditional release of those detained without trial.

Although the protest was peaceful in UK and Italy, in Lagos was almost marred when policemen from the state command laid siege at the premises of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Ikeja.

The protest demanding Sowole’s release was billed to kick off from CDHR premises at about 10a.m. yesterday but the deployment of 50 policemen in 10 trucks put a temporary stop to that.

As at press time, the protesters were finally able to carry on their peaceful protest at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

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