Heavily armed security operatives from the Police Command in Lagos, the Army, and NSCDC have barricaded the entrance to the National Stadium, Surulere, ahead of the #RevolutionNow protest spearheaded by Omoyele Sowore on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Sowore, the presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) in the last general elections, was on Saturday arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) from his home.
NAN reports that more than 20 police patrol vehicles, including that of the Rapid Respond Squad (RRS), Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), anti-riot operatives, Civil Defence men and the Military Joint Taskforce operatives; OP MESSA, were stationed at the two main entrance to the stadium.
As at 8.40 a.m few protesters, wearing orange caps, have started to converge under the stadium bridge, displaying neither banner nor placards,
NAN further observed that the security operatives prevented employees of National Stadium, Students of National Institute for Sports (NIS) and members of the public who had come to train, from gaining access into the stadium.
A source told NAN reporters to leave the area as at 8.50 a.m. because the operatives were ready to ‘tear-gas’ the protesters any moment.
The Area Commander, Area C, Tijani Fatai, told NAN that the operatives were on ground to stop any form of protests at the stadium.
Mr Fatai explained that they were not there to give security cover to protesters and advised the crowd already gathering in front of the National Stadium gate to stay away.
The Lagos State deputy commissioner of police, operations, Mohammed Ali, told NAN in a telephone conversation, that the protesters failed to obtain the necessary permit to carry out the planned protest.
“Their planned protest is unlawful. They did not obtain permission for the protest. If they say they have the permission, let them show it.
“Anyone who foments trouble will be dealt with according to law,“ Mr Ali said.