Armed policemen in Abuja on Thursday used tear gas to disperse youths protesting the killing of school children in Yobe State.
About 50 youths gathered at the Unity Fountain Park in the central area of Abuja in the morning to express their outrage over the recent killing of students by ‘Boko Haram’ in the north-east.
The youths were carrying placards and singing solidarity songs in what was as yet a peaceful demonstration when the police descended on them.
The police confronted the youths and while beating some of the protesters, used tear gas and riot dispersal techniques to chase them out of Unity Fountain, adjacent the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
One of the protesters, Godswill Okoronkwo, said the protesters came together through social media sites like facebook, twitter and Black Berry Chat.
He said they were all outraged with the gruesome killing of innocent school children in Yobe State and decided to come together and demonstrate.
Okoronkwo, who is a young IT professional, appeared confused that the Police will stop the peaceful protest.
He said, “all we wanted to do is show the relevant authorities that we are fed up with the senseless killings in the northeastern part of the country.”
Another protester, Ike Amadi, said the idea behind the protest was to show concern and solidarity with the families of the victims.