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Revolution Now: Security agents attack protesters, brutalise septuagenarian in Osun

Members of “Revolution Now” led by the editor of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, were attacked on Monday by security agents in Osogbo, the state capital of Osun, as they took to the streets to protest.

Also, a septuagenarian, Ms. Sariyu Akanmu, a street vendor, who joined the young Protestants, was brutally brutalized by the combined operational forces of the DSS, the Police and the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps (NSCDC).

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Remember that the presidency has since declared that the call to the Sowore revolution is a treacherous crime, which led to his arrest on Friday by agents of the Department of Security Service (DSS).

The protesters, after addressing journalists at the NUJ Correspondents Chapel early on Monday, later moved to go outside in protest, but were violently approached, brutalized and arrested, including the group leader.

Earlier in his speech, the group leader, Comrade Olawale Adebayo, said that the call to the Sowore revolution was necessary because of the apparent ineptitude and callousness of the Buhari-led administration.

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He said that each member of the group was convinced that there was an urgent need for Nigerians to cry out for a change in the political order and the consolidation of selfless leadership.

He said: The coalition for the revolution and other Nigerians worried throughout the nation, and precisely in the state of Osun today aligned with the pains of the voiceless and oppressed Nigerians, having observed the avalanche of unemployment, insecurity, hunger, salary of Modulated workers and fraudulent involvement of the Contributory Pension Plan in Nigeria and especially in the state of Osun.

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“We are also concerned about the threat of estimated electricity billing and epileptic energy supply, along with the destruction of farms by shepherds, the inconsiderate and insensitive assessments imposed on our artisans, Okada drivers, drivers and Merchants in the state.

We, at this moment maintain that we have inalienable, constitutional, and fundamental human rights to protest against the deficiencies peacefully.

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“Therefore, we demand the unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore and the end of systemic corruption, brutality, harassment, and intimidation, especially in student-populated areas in the state of Osun and the country in general.”