#ResumeOrResign: Why we attacked anti-Buhari protesters – Police

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja
Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

The police on Tuesday gave reasons why officers attacked participants at a rally protesting President Muhammadu Buhari’s indefinite medical vacation in London.

An entertainer and rights activist, Charlie Boy, and Uyi Amadin, a security correspondent with Silverbird Television, as well as his cameraman, sustained injuries during the clampdown, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Tuesday’s exercise marked the second day of the action, which began on Monday morning at Unity Fountain, Abuja.

The demonstrators are calling on the president to either return to the country or resign.

The president has been away since May 7, 93 days ago, with citizens having only a sparse idea about his well-being other than a few pictures distributed by his office which showed him meeting visiting leaders from the country.

On Tuesday, the protesters, numbering only about ten, according to witnesses, returned to the park, which is located opposite Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Maitama.

The ground has been used by BringBackOurGirls campaigners for their daily sit-out since 2014.

Anjuguri Manzah, spokesperson for the FCT Command, said officers moved to disperse “some miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements that have infiltrated the protest.”

Mr. Manzah accused the protesters of “blocking major roads” adjoining the area”, thereby preventing citizens from free passage.

But those who witnessed the attack contradicted the police’s account.

Mr. Amadin, who said he arrived early to cover the event, said the police moved against the protesters, who were “not more than 10.”

The reporter told PREMIUM TIMES that the officers informed the protesters that they had “orders from above” to crack down on the protesters when they return to Unity Fountain today.

“They even unleashed fighter dogs against the protesters, including Charlie Boy,” he said.

“When they started beating me despite identifying myself as a journalist, they saw my cameraman filming the whole scene from afar and they swooped on him too and severely injured him.

“They seized our camera and did what they wanted with it,” the reporter added.

He said the protesters were clearly not violent.

When PREMIUM TIMES’ sought police’s explanation for the attack on Mr. Amadin, force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said the reporter should go and report the assault at the police station.

“We’re not aware that any journalist was caught in the confrontation,” Mr. Moshood said. “But the person can go to the station to lodge a complaint.”

On Monday, the protesters marched under the supervision of the police, which was confirmed by Mr. Manzah in his latest statement.

Deji Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians which was amongst the coalition of civic groups that put together the exercise, said the Buhari administration was “clearly uncomfortable with the success of the protest on Monday.”

“One thing is: The government cannot deal with us so ruthlessly for the past two years and still tell us that we cannot wail,” he added.

“This is just the beginning because we will not allow a sick old man to continue to hold the collective destiny of 180 million people to ransom,” he said.

The presidency defended the rights of the protesters to assemble and vent their grievances as emblematic of a democratic system, but faulted demands for Mr. Buhari’s resignation.

“The President has complied 100 per cent with the constitution by handing over power to the Vice-President before proceeding on his vacation,” Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said. “He has not breached any law or the constitution by staying away from office to take care of his health.”


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  • Dazmillion

    I dont know why police are allowed to get away with their lies. Why does nobody ever have a hidden camera to record these police brutality incidents?

    • Black power

      Hahahanahaha, because they are clever than the protesters.

  • Mufu Ola

    Jobless people including Charly Boy who’s struggling profusely to remain relevant.

  • tundemash

    D@ft policemen as usual!
    What is the point attacking a failed protest of only 10 people. If not for the attack by policemen, I wasn’t even aware anything was going on. Please allow them to sit out there INDEFINITELY, I am ready to contribute money to buy them “pre water” for their upkeep.

  • George

    It served the Nigerians very well, it served the protesters very well and It served Buhari bingo very well.

    Sai Baba must continue dead or alive. I supported 100%

  • abodes_124

    Dear Osinbabajo,
    I am disappointed and disheartened that Osinbajo allowed this to happen under his watch.

  • JOHN

    Nigeria has the right to develop. With Buhari and his northern cabal stranglehold on the presidency, development is impossible. Remember since Oshibanjo was summoned to London by the cabal, no more bold steps by Oshibanjo. The spokesmen of Buhari has been undermining and sidetracking the Ag. President in their utterances. Even the recent Anambra church killings, they issued statement on behalf of Buhari who they called President instead of statement issued in the name of Ag. President who is the only man constitutionally empowered to function in the office of President as at today. Buhari is presently incapacitated to function and the right thing to do if he has any iota of integrity is to resign and allow Nigeria to move forward.

  • Kingo Kizito

    By 2019 Nigeria will never never never in her history elect a dictator, a non secondary school certificate holder, an etnic bigot and a core Islamic extremist as a president. At this point we can only wish Buhari dead so that these jobless cabals can lose thier grip. I keep on saying it: beside corruption, the North is dragging the Country backward. We cannot expect one whose maximum aspiration is to rear cattle to develop the Country. The irony of the whole thing is that Northerners cling to power yet they are the poorest, underdeveloped and ignorant part and citizens of Nigeria.

    • patriotism

      By God’s grace PMB will fully recover and continue till 2023. As he fights corruption, it fights back and most reasonable Nigerian are solidly behind him. This hatred and sentiments makes him more popular, it will lead to his re-election in 2019. Our prayer is May Allah grant PMB early recovery, good health and wisdom to lead Nigeria effectively for another tenure.

  • patriotism

    By God’s grace PMB will fully recover and continue till 2023. May Allah grant PMB early recovery, good health and wisdom to lead Nigeria effectively for another tenure.

  • Net Scrolls

    The presidency can’t be comfortable with the protest. It’s unfortunate that Nigeria is in this mess because our constitution has no provision to care of the peculiar situation we are in. Although Buhari has not breached any provision of the constitution, morality and commonsense warrant that he resign from office as result of incapacity.

  • benjamin saheed

    The Senate inflated their car budget and only just took possessions of 200 vehicles, that alone is worth protesting against . why are we so daft atimes that we leave the most important things and start to chase shadows. I faulted them because there’s been no protest asking the senate president to vacate office till date. The president has transfered power so sit at home or get a Job. Charlie Boy Pele