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Police fire tear gas on Abuja protesters

Four arrested as police attack peaceful protesters in Abuja

No less than four people have been reportedly arrested on Friday morning after police officers attacked peaceful protesters in Abuja.

The group of protesters had gathered at the National Assembly around 7 a.m. to demand an end to police brutality and to call for widespread reforms within government.

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Popular activist and one-time presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore, who was present at the scene, told newsmen, “We had completed the process when the police came and attacked us… We we were leaving and from nowhere they brought in more reinforcements and started attacking”.

Video footage obtained from the Sahara Reporters publisher shows protesters leaving the protest site calmly as a tear gas canister is fired at them – the crowd is then pursued by security forces.

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Sowore also said that security forces smashed the rear window of his car as he was leaving the scene.

Another protester who was present at the scene, Raphael Adebayo, said on Twitter that “at least 4 protestors were arrested”.

The protest this morning comes closely on the heels of similar protests the group held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the police headquarters in Abuja last Sunday.

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