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#Revolution Now Protest: 72 Year Old Woman, Journalist Harass in Osun by Security Operatives

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——– Arrest Ten Members of The Group

By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

A 72 year old woman identified as Sariyu Akanmu was brutalised by armed policemen on Monday in Osogbo when  members of #RevolutionNow gathered for protest.

Sariyu, who sells fufu, joined the protest after security operatives restricted the protesters from leaving Fagbewesa Junction, where they had assembled.

The protesters had gathered in front of Osun NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel at Fagbewesa Junction, Osogbo after addressing journalists when the operatives of the Director of State Security (DSS) warned them not to go to the street.

As the protesters were appealing to the DSS, policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Dugbe police station, were drawn to the scene.

The continuous anti-government song of the protesters apparently infuriated the policemen who immediately teargas them.

The old woman was manhandled and openly brutalised by a policewoman and another armed policeman.

Also, the Correspondent of News Direct, Sunday Oguntuyi, who approached the police to plead for the old woman was also harassed as the police sprayed teargas on his eyes and slapped him.

The leader of the group, Comrade Olawale Adebayo and 9 others were brutalised and whisked away by the DSS.

Earlier while addressing the journalists before the arrest, the protesters said the arrest of Omoyele Sowore would not stop the agitation.

The spokesperson of the group, Coalition for Revolution, Comrade Olawale Adebayo explained that the reason for the protest was to “align with the pains of the voiceless and oppressed Nigerians.

“Having observed the spate of joblessness, insecurity, hunger, modulated workers salary and fraudulent implication of the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria and especially Osun state, estimated electricity billing and epileptic power supply, destruction of farms by herdsmen, the inconsiderate and insensitive levies being imposed on our artisans, Okada riders, commuters drivers and traders in the state, we hereby maintain that we have inalienable, constitutionally and fundamental human right to peacefully protest the inadequacies.”

The group also demanded the unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore and called for the economy that works for all.

According to them, “We therefore demand that following:Unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore. We call for an economy that works for all banks and foreign multinational. For effective and democratic end to insecurity and insurgency.

“An end to systemic corruption and total system change in the interest of all. For the immediate implementation of N30,000 minimum wage.

“The immediate stop to the illegal and fraudulent Implementation of Contributory Pension Scheme and prompt investigation and resolution scheme.

“End to police brutality, harassment and intimidations especially in the student populated areas (UNIOSUN, OAU, Poly Iree, fedpoly Ede, OSCOED, in Osun state and the country at large.

“Immediate increase of funding of the education sector up to 26% of the National budget as recommended by UNESCO.

“Immediate stop to student victimisation and anti-students policies within university communities across the federation.

“Immediate and unconditional reinstatement of student unionism, and affordable tertiary education for all.

“We hereby demand the president Muhammadu Buhari led Administration to abide by the aforementioned demands as a matter of urgency as expected from a responsible government.”

 

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