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June 12: Sowore’s group allegedly disrupts Democracy Day lecture in Osun


A group of protesters allegedly led by the ‘Take it Back Movement’ of former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, disrupted a Democracy Day lecture organised by the state government in collaboration with the Civil Societies Coalition in Osogbo, Osun State capital, on Saturday.

The PUNCH reported that there was division amongst the demonstrators as the group pulled out of the protest led by the Osun Civil Societies Coalition joined by students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students

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The group had earlier converged on Oke Fia Junction, Osogbo where the protest commenced at about 8:30am under the supervision of operatives from the Department of State Services, Osun Amotekun Corps and state police command.

While the protesters led by Comrade Waheed Saka, later moved towards Alekuwodo Area singing solidary songs, some other leaders of the protest told participants to move towards the venue of the lecture.

Division however occurred after a group of protesters led by one Victor Lijofi, the state secretary of ‘Take It Back Movement,’ declined and stayed back at Oke Fia, from where they moved round major streets in protest.

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Armed with placards containing demands such as; “Reduce the bogus salaries of politicians,” “Justice for ENDSARS victims,”  “Abolish 1999 Constitution,” “End Insecurity End Terrorism and Banditry Constitution,”

“Free all detained activists* Reverse electricity tariff,” “Revert fuel price and stop further increment,” the demonstrators also demanded the resignation of the President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd.), over his inability to deal with myriads of challenges facing the country.

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Business activities were totally paralysed in especially Osogbo, as people stayed indoors in fear of breakdown of law and order.

All major roads in the state capital also witnessed light traffic for the better part of Saturday, while security operatives were stationed at strategic points across that metropolis.