At least four people were reportedly arrested Friday morning after police officers attacked peaceful protesters in Abuja.
The group of protesters had gathered at the National Assembly around 7 a.m. to demand an end to police brutality and to call for widespread reforms within government.
Activist Omoyele Sowore was present at the scene and told PREMIUM TIMES, “we had completed the process when the police came and attacked us… We we were leaving and from nowhere they brought in more reinforcements and started attacking”.
Video footage obtained from the Sahara Reporters publisher shows protesters leaving the protest site calmly as a tear gas canister is fired at them – the crowd is then pursued by security forces.
Mr Sowore also said that security forces smashed the rear window of his car as he was leaving the scene.