In an attempt to halt the planned protest of the #RevolutionNow, the Security agents have surrounded the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
The vans parked near the stadium have OP MESA written on it.
The Operation MES is a joined Internal Security Operation platform comprising of the Nigeria Navy, Army and Air Force.
In the early hours of Saturday, Omoyele Sowore, a Presidential candidate who doubled as the Publisher of the Online medium, Sahara Reporters was arrested by the Department of State Service.
Sowore who was a Presidential candidate on the African Action Congress in the February 2019 General Election had called for a protest which he tagged #RevolutionNow in an attempt to challenge the bad governance in the country.
Sowore was arrested “for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony in the country,” the DSS claimed on Saturday while fielding questions from journalists.
The Police also issued a threat of treason to any Nigerians who would engage in the protest.
The organizers had dared the security operatives, saying they will not be deterred by the arrest of their leader.
One of the organizers, the General Secretary, United Action for Democracy and member of the Socialist Workers and Youth League, Mr Kunle Ajayi had vowed to continue with the planned protest.
“#RevolutionNow: They think they can stop an idea whose time has come. You have plenty to arrest. We will show you all that our generation cannot continue with your state madness. We will hand over a better world to our children. The time to act is now!!!” Ajayi said via his Twitter handle, @AjayiWizeman on Saturday.
“This arrest is not surprising to us. We know that the Presidency has tried everything in their powers to discredit and dampen our struggle,” he said.
He called for the mobilisation in defiance of the government order banning the protest.
He said, “The Lagos branch of the African Action Congress condemns Sowore’s arrest and (President Muhammadu) Buhari’s stubborn and cruel antidemocratic credentials.
“We believe that the #RevolutionNow will outlive all forces of repression, particularly the Buhari Presidency.
“We call on the Coalition for Revolution and other organisers to continue with the mobilisation. A failed government cannot use force to make the mass of people to accept its failure.”
Another group, the Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, vowed that the mass action planned to commence on Monday would go on as planned despite Sowore’s arrest.