SSS releases 11 #RevolutionNow protesters

NEWS DIGEST – The State Security Service, SSS, has released eleven of the 20 arrested #RevolutionNow protesters in Osogbo, capital of Osun State.

Recall that the youths, under the aegis of Coalition for Revolution, took to the streets of Osogbo to protest the hike in petroleum and electricity tariffs.

They demanded reversal of petrol and electricity hikes.

They converged on Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage, Osogbo as early as 9 am before they were dispersed.

About 20 of them were arrested and beaten at the scene. Other protesters ran to escape arrest

However, according to a report by The Nation, the youths were released on their way to SSS State Command, Osogbo at Aregbe area on Gbongan/Ibadan road.

One of the leaders of the protesters, Victor Abiodun, had said: “Today, we are celebrating our own 60th independence day celebration on the streets. We are saying no to the present state of Nigeria.

“We are saying no to insecurity, poor health care system and others. The present government is treating Nigerians with the highest level of impunity.

“Our comrades were arrested and later released. We urge Nigerians to join us in this struggle, we have been peaceful since our agitation and we are demanding better Nigeria.

“It is against the norm that peaceful protesters will be harassed and arrested by security operative. By the way, the security operatives are suffering as a result of bad policies which show from the way they are been killed by the bandits, Boko Haram and herdsman without any justice.

“We call on security operatives to join us in this protest and our struggle. The struggle is not to divide Nigeria, it is a struggle to have a better political/ economic justice.”