Democracy Day: Police disperse protesters with teargas in Lagos, arrest five

The police in Lagos on Saturday arrested five protesters at Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos State for participating in this year edition of June 12 to commemorate Democracy Day.

The arrested protesters were among more than one hundred other that had converged on Ojota in a peaceful protest around 7:30am on Saturday to demand for a better Nigeria.

A contingent of anti-riot police deployed to the park, venue of the protest were said to have earlier made an attempt to prevent the demonstration from holding but the youths were reportedly hell bent in holding it.

It was gathered that the police, in order not to allow protesters gaining access into the park, fired several gunshots in the air and teargas into the crowd while the demonstrators scampered for safety.

Five among them were arrested, beaten and bundled into a waiting RRS Black-Maria vehicle.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who was briefed on phone about the arrest, reportedly ordered their immediate release and apologized to them.

The commissioner later visited the scene and responded to journalists’ questions.

He said the policemen shot teargas into the protesters to disperse them and clear way for motorists, who was said to have been held in a traffic.

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