Protesters Slump, Faint as Police Disrupts Dino Melaye’s Rally in Abuja [PHOTOS]
A pro-Amaechi rally organized to protest what they described as the“impunity in Rivers State and abuse of office by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu,” was on Tuesday disrupted when a team of riot policemen, numbering over 200 stormed the venue of the rally in Abuja.
The rally led by the Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network and former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dino Melaye had over 100 protesters when the police arrived.
As soon as the police team arrived the venue of the rally, they reportedly fired tear gas canisters indiscriminately at the protesters and even some journalists who were there to cover the rally. Some of the protesters slumped and fainted in the process.
The battle-ready policemen had earlier condoned off the Federal Secretariat area, Abuja, where the protest was billed to hold.
The protesters, in their bid to hold the rally, decided to march from the organisation’s office to the secretariat, but met an unyielding police blockade.
The security operatives fired tear gas canisters at the demonstrators, which resulted in a stampede, with some sustaining injuries.
While describing the situation in Rivers as “endemic, systemic and becoming contagious,” Dino Melaye said for Nigeria to be rescued, “we should stand up without fear or favour and (without) the fear of the consequences.”
He said, “We must do everything to rescue this country from the hands of these economic canker worm. There is intimidation, incessant arrests, threats and assassination attempts on my life.
But for me, I am resolute because the battle to deliver this country from economic canker worms, financial vultures and inept leadership, as I have repeatedly said, is a battle of no retreat, no surrender.”
Nigerians, he said, must creep out of their cocoons and become change agents.
Melaye added, “We need to call a bloodless revolution that will transform this nation from the hands of these economic canker worms and financial scavengers.
In an unjust society, silence is a crime, this is the time in the history of Nigeria where silence is no longer golden.
People must come out and speak because the day you stop eating is the day you start dying.
Where dictatorship becomes legalised, revolution becomes a right.”
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