Reports indicate that the Sahara Reporters Lagos office has been stormed by the Police and Army.
The security operatives arrived the office on Wednesday ,September 18 and threatened to bring down the gate if they were not allowed in.
Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has been in detention since August for masterminding a nationwide protest tagged RevolutionNow.
Also, about 50 policemen in 10 trucks have surrounded the premises of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in Adeniyi Jones area of Ikeja, Lagos. The policemen were said to have arrived as early as 7 am. A protest demanding the release of Mr Sowore has been scheduled to take place at the venue at 10 am on Wednesday..
The security operatives who are armed have reportedly prevented anyone from gaining access to the building located at GRA in Ikeja, while demanding that those, who are inside should come out.
According to SaharaReporters, the security operatives came in three vehicles and stationed themselves outside the building. The security operatives were reported to be shouting, “Open the gate! Come outside.”
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As of the time of this report, the security agents were banging on the gate of the office.
Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of the online platform had been in the custody of the Department of State Service since August when he was arrested at a Lagos hotel.
He was arrested for calling for a nationwide protest, tagged #RevolutionNow. Another protest had been scheduled for Wednesday (today) and SaharaReporters have claimed that was the reason of the presence of the security operatives.