About 200 anti-riot policemen earlier today dispersed scores of protesters led by former House of Representatives member and Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network, Dino Melaye.
They were protesting against what they described as “impunity in Rivers State and abuse of office by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu”.
During the protest, tear gas canisters were used freely which made some of the protesters to slump and faint in the process.
The battle-ready policemen had earlier cordoned off the Federal Secretariat area, Abuja, where the protest was scheduled to hold.
However, the unrelenting protesters decided to march from the organization’s office to the secretariat, but met an unyielding police blockade. The policemen fired tear gas canisters at the demonstrators, which forced them to retreat leading to a stampede, with some sustaining injuries.
While describing the situation in Rivers as “endemic, systemic and becoming contagious,” 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”.
The former lawmaker called on Nigerians to step out of their shells 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. Nigeria is not only sick but also suffering from a dreadful continental abnormality.
“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”.