Police operatives under the Lagos State Police Command and military personnel, Monday barricaded the National Stadium, Surulere to prevent entry of pro-Omoyele Sowore protesters.
Recall that the Presidential candidate of African Action Congress, AAC, in the last general elections in Nigeria, Omoyele Sowore, was on Saturday arrested by operatives of DSS at his Lagos home.
Mr had called for a mass protest at the National Stadium, Surulere, tagged: “RevolutionNow”.
Security personnel such as the Police patrol vehicles, including that of the Rapid Respond Squad RRS, Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC, anti-riot operatives, Civil defence operatives and Military Joint Taskforce Operatives were stationed at the two main gates.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that a few protesters gathered under the stadium bridge without any banner or placards in their hands, but in uniform orange coloured Berrets.
It was also noticed that employees of National Stadium, Students of National Institute for Sports, NIS, and members of the public who came for training routine at the stadium were locked out by security operatives.
The Area Commander, Area C, ACP Tijani Fatai who was at the scene, told newsmen that the police were on ground to stop any form of protest planned to hold at the stadium.
Mr Fatai said “we are not here to provide security for the protesters”
He further advised the crowd gathering in front of the National Stadium gate to stay away to avoid being caught up in any rush if at all the protesters show up.
Deputy Commissioner of police, Operations in Lagos State command, DCP Mohammed Ali told reporters on telephone that the protesters did not obtain permission for the protest.
“Their planned protest is unlawful. They did not obtain permission for the protest. If they say they have the permission, let them show it.
“People are adviced to go about their normal businesses as the police assures them of safety.
“Any one that forment trouble would be dealt with according to law, “Mr Ali said.