By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
Following the disruption of a peaceful protest by the RevolutionNow movement in Osogbo the capital of Osun State on Thursday morning by the Department State Service (DSS), the service arrested 11 members of the group.
The protest was against what they described as harsh policies implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the country.
The protesters, who turned out in large numbers, accused DSS operatives of beating them and arresting 11 members of the group during the protest.
Although, those arrested were later released at the DSS office, one of them said that they were pushed out of the DSS’ vehicles as the operatives took two of their phones, money, placards and other equipment from them.
The peaceful protesters said, while addressing journalists, that they were brutalised by the heavily armed operatives.
The officials of the secret police had been on the trail of the protesters when they gathered at the Old Garage area of Osogbo in the morning.
The protesters who later gathered at the popular Olaiya to continue their protest against the state of the nation were dispersed, arrested and brutalized by the DSS.
While speaking on behalf of the group, Owoeye Olaoluwa, a member of “Take it Back Movement”, Nigeria condemned the recent hikes in the pump price of fuel and electricity tariff and called for their reversals.
“We are here to demand two things. We are here to say that the porous regime of Buhari should resign with immediate effect, and we are not calling for it with double-minded hearts.
“We are calling for immediate resignation because we cannot continue with this act of indiscipline; we cannot continue with this act of corruption. We cannot continue with this fuel hike; we cannot continue with this electricity hike.
“We are asking for immediate and unconditional release of the materials that have been taken such as our phones, money.
“We are also calling for the probe of the battering regime, the DSS head, we are saying that he should withdraw his neck from this
unruly act that they perpetrate against Nigerians.
“They should do that in the next 24 hours or else, they are going to see us on the streets again,” Olaoluwa added.