Operatives of the Nigeria Police on Monday arrested Victor Ogungbenro and Tosin Olajuwon, journalists with SaharaReporters, while the Lagos office of the organisation is reportedly being monitored by security agents.
While Ogungbenro, a video editor, was arrested alongside some #RevolutionNow protesters in Lagos, Olajuwon was picked up at Ore in Ondo state.
Olajuwon, one of the reporters of the organisation in Ondo, was leading a team of protesters when the police swooped on them.
Ogungbero who was filming the protest near the national stadium, surulere Lagos, was manhandled by the police despite identifying himself as a journalist and shoved into a stationed van.
“Yes, he is a reporter with Sowore’s Sahara Reporters and he’s part of the protest,” Tijani Fatai, an assistant commissioner of police said when asked about the journalist’s arrest.
Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 election, is the publisher of Sahara Reporters, an online platform that has been critical of the government.
He is also the arrowhead of the #RevolutionNow protest.