Police open venue for #RevolutionNow symposium

Police have opened the venue for the proposed #RevolutionNow symposium by civil society organisations, hours after blockading it in Lagos.

The venue, which had been sealed off since the early hours of today by the police and the State Security Service (SSS), was finally opened after the intervention of the human rights lawyer, Femi Falana.

The main organiser of the event was the Coalition for Revolution (CORE), a political movement led by the detained Nigerian activist, Omoyele Sowore.

The event, which was scheduled to draw an urgent attention to Nigeria’s growing social and security crises, as well as the way forward, was initially disrupted by security forces.

Organisers had invited public figures like Wole Soyinka and Femi Falana to help add their voices to the worsening insecurity and a general crackdown on critics of the Buhari government.

But, shortly before the event was billed to commence at 11:00 a.m., security agencies reportedly stormed the venue and attacked participants and reporters indiscriminately.

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