The Nigerian police on Wednesday laid a siege to the offices of news platform, Sahara Reporters; and rights group, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), in Lagos as rights groups condemned the development.
Fully armed police contingents arrived at about 6 a.m. at the national secretariat of CDHR at Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja and the office of Civic Media Lab at Isaac John, GRA Ikeja where Sahara Reporters is assumed to be domiciled.
The security operatives were still there at the time of this report.
They are believed to have gathered at both offices to prevent a protest planned to demand the release of activist Omoyele Sowore from prison.
However, when the spokesperson of the Lagos Police Command, Bala Elkana, he said the deployment of police to the areas was to serve as protection and ensure that law and order were maintained.
“They are there to provide security and ensure that there is no breach of peace”, he said curtly.
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