The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered all commissioners of police in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory to maintain law and order, in anticipation of the #RevolutionNow protest march scheduled to hold today.
Adamu on Sunday directed the CPs to ensure that the #RevolutionNow protests did not degenerate into violence across the nation.
Mr. Omoyele Sowore, the founder of online outlet, Sahara Reporters, who was also the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 2019 General Election, had called for the staging of the #RevolutionNow in what he described as a protest against bad governance in the country.
He was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) at his home on Saturday.
The DSS had said that Sowore was arrested “for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony in the country.”
The agency called on Nigerians to disregard “threat of revolution” issued by him.
However, the organizers of the protest had vowed to go on with the mass protest, saying they will not be deterred by the arrest of their leader, Sowore.
Fear of the ‘RevolutionNow’ protest has gripped Nigerian security agencies as they have surrounded the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos in anticipation of the protest.
Punch confirmed that the security agents have the OP MESA vans parked around the stadium.
The Operation MESA or OP MESA, as it is commonly referred to, is a joint Internal Security Operational platform made up of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.