Femi Falana leading protesters
Femi Falana leading protesters

Officials of the Lagos State Police Command on Monday, August 19th sealed the venue of a gathering of pro-#RevolutionNow activists who had earlier planned to use the venue to meet and discuss burning national issues

According to reports, scores of well-armed police officers from the command invaded the venue of the gathering very early in the morning and barricaded the entrance of 46 Ibijoke Street, Oregun area of Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. Activists and journalists who arrived the area were driven far away as no one could access the venue.

Femi Falana denied access by Policemen
Lagos State Police officials sealed off the street

Human right activist, Femi Falana and other prominent Nigerians were supposed to deliver lectures and talks at the seminar. Speakers at the seminar were supposed to give talks aimed at addressing pressing national issues, such as the current repressive regime and wanton insecurity in the nation. However, the seminar could not see the light of day as armed policemen were on the ground and made sure no one gained entrance into the venue.

Activists and journalists were however emboldened to come closer to the venue of the event when Falana arrived and had a discussion with the police officers. Falana told them that the Commissioner of Police did not have the right to stop a peaceful gathering anywhere in the state.

The leader of the police team, Sodiq Yusuf, however, told Falana that they were acting on the order of the police commissioner not to allow anyone into the venue in order to avoid violence. Falana assured them that as long as he is around, there would not be violence, but Yusuf insisted that he must get clearance from his boss first and then after sometimes, he came back to say that the commissioner of police had now permitted them into the venue, but not until after thorough screening of those going inside the venue.

Journalists and others were later allowed in after showing of identity cards.

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