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#June12thProtest: Police Fire Gun Shots, Tear Gas In Lagos

It appears the days when peaceful protests are seen as fundamental human rights for Nigerian citizens are over.

The Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad surrounded the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, the venue of the #June12thProtest in Lagos State.

It was claimed that Gunshots and Tear Gas were used by the law enforcement officers to frustrate the #June12thProtest protesters.

About three Hilux Vehicles and two armoured tanks were seen at the venue on Saturday.

Also, in a show of force, one armoured tank and five Hilux Vehicles patrolled the area.

Men of the Lagos State Police Command on Saturday morning fired tear gas canisters at the protesters gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Lagos.

The Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, told Saturday PUNCH in a series of text messages that there was no legal backing for the security forces to deter protesters.

He said, “The Nigeria Police has no right to tell Nigerians not to participate in protests. It is an inalienable right. Our group will go ahead regardless of the obstacles. If the police decide to use unreasonable force, let it be known that the officers involved will be held responsible even after they retire.

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