JUST IN: Protesters besiege Amnesty International office, demand rights group leave Nigeria

Protesters at the Amnesty International Country Office
Protesters at the Amnesty International Country Office

Protesters have mounted a demonstration outside the Abuja office of Amnesty International.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt from the rights body’s officials that the demonstrators arrived at about noon on Friday and demanded its immediate exit from Nigeria.

Isa Sanusi, a spokesperson for Amnesty International Nigeria, told PREMIUM TIMES the protesters appeared to be pro-government, and they expressed anger about how the group has been critical of the Buhari administration.

The demonstrators also held placards critical of Amnesty International and chanted disparaging songs against the rights group.

The protest comes hours after reports emerged on social media that the government was planning to target Amnesty International and blacklist the group as a threat to Nigeria’s sovereignty amidst allegation that it was sympathetic to an upcoming nationwide protest.

The nationwide protest, tagged ‘RevolutionNow’, was planned by Yele Sowore, a media personality, activist and politician. The protest had been planned to commence on August 5 in at least 21 cities across the country.

Friday’s protest against Amnesty International is not the first against the global rights group.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how participants at a similar protest months ago got paid after participating in the protest.

Details shortly…

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