DSS Obtains 14-day Detention Order For Osun #Revolutionow Protesters
Seven arrested #Revolutionnow movement members in Osun state may be detained for another 14 days following a detention order obtained by the Department of State Services that arrested them.
Counsel to the protesters, Mr. Alfred Adegoke, told The PUNCH that seven of them were being held by the DSS.
However, Adegoke said despite the detention order, application for bail could still be entertained.
Adegoke said, “The DSS got ex parte order to detain them (the protesters) for 14 days pending the conclusion of the investigation.
“A lawyer I sent their earlier brought back that report. The lawyer spoke with the Director and they said he should talk to the Legal Officer.
“They said despite the detention order they got, application for bail can still be made. They asked him to come back tomorrow (Thursday).”
Meanwhile, the Movement for a Socialist Alternative has demanded the release of the arrested protesters.
This was contained in a press statement by the spokesperson for the movement, Dagga Tolar, titled ‘Free Dunnex Samuel and other activists arrested for converging for peaceful protests’.
The movement described the arrest as “an act of state terror, pure and simple, that these protesters were arrested for exercising their lawful rights to speak out loudly against the oppressive conditions obtainable across the country.
“We demand their immediate and unconditional release. We condemn this tradition of using the DSS to repress every lawful opposition to the oppressive regime of Muhammadu Buhari.
“Nigerians cannot have it, as the regime is suggesting, that they are a conquered people in their own country, who cannot express their dissatisfaction, no matter how peaceful, against the daily hardship and oppression they suffer in the hands of the capitalist hordes Buhari is representing.”
Responding to a text message from our correspondent on the alleged police attack, Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, promised to get back after getting “briefs across the state.”
The PUNCH had earlier reported that several #RevolutionNow protesters were arrested by operatives of the State Security Service, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Nigerian Army in different parts of the country where the demonstrations held on Wednesday.
Among them are journalist and activist, Agba Jalingo; a student leader at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Dunnex Samuel; and Oguntola Sunday