Nigeria: Socialists and journalists arrested for protesting government’s anti-poor policies

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemns the unjust arrest of members and journalists for protesting against anti-poor policies by the Buhari Government

  • We demand for the immediate release of all arrested protesters
  • We demand an end to violation of human rights under Buhari government

 UPDATE – All charges were dropped and all those arrested were released later on September 10

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) strongly condemns the brutalisation and arrest of members of our party and journalists by officers of the Nigerian Police Force. The arrested SPN members and leaders were on a peaceful protest today in Lagos to demand immediate reversal of the obnoxious increase in electricity tariffs and fuel price by the Buhari/APC government, and for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the judgement of the Appeal Court by relisting SPN and other political parties.

The arrested people include the National Secretary of the SPN, Chinedu Bosah, National Youth Leader of the party, Hassan Taiwo Soweto, SPN National Executive member, Dagga Tolar, and about fifteen others, including four journalists with Galaxy TV, Sahara reporters, Premium Times and Objectv media. Cameras and phones of the journalists have been seized and destroyed while all arrested were physically brutalized.

Quickly Sahara reporters and Objectiv media reported the arrests on and

We demand immediate release of all arrested, public apology from the police and payment of medical bills and other damages to those arrested. The unjust arrest today again reveals the despotic character of the Buhari/APC government and further betrays its anti-democratic and anti-masses character. While the government is launching attacks on economic rights of the working and poor people, it, at the same time, wants to deny them democratic rights to express their minds.

It also exposes the desperate attempt of the Nigerian ruling class to ensure Nigerians are short-changed and denied of a genuine political voice like the SPN. Obviously, the Buhari government knows that its rule is no more popular, given serial attacks on the living conditions of the people, mismanagement of the economy, and massive corruption going on in the government. It has thus resorted to brute force to sustain its rule.

If the Buhari government is allowed to get away with these undemocratic conducts, it will be emboldened to turn to fully fledged totalitarian regime. For us, the right to peaceful protest is guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution, as clearly captured in Section 40 of the Nigerian constitution. This is why the arrest of members of our party and journalists is criminal, unjust and undemocratic. It shows the level of disregard for fundamental human rights by the APC/Buhari administration.

We in the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) reiterate our rejection of the inhumane increase in fuel price and the hike in price of electricity tariff. This sad development further shows that a system designed to meet the profit interest of the few over the wellbeing of the vast majority is incompatible with human development.

We join Nigerians to reject this vicious anti-people policy of increments in fuel price and electricity tariff and the horrific condition that the ruling class has thrown the country into. The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), demands an end to all attacks on democratic rights by the Buhari/APC government. We also call on the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to wake up from their slumber and begin to mobilise the working masses of Nigeria against the anti-people policies of the APC/Buhari administration. This is the best way to stop the Buhari/APC government from further attacks on the working and poor people.

Abiodun Bamigboye

Acting National Chairperson, Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN)


 UPDATE – All charges were dropped and all those arrested were released later on September 10

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Currently, eighteen people are being detained at the Lagos State Police Command.

The fourteen protesters arrested are Christopher Harry, Abisoye Kosoko, Tunde Yusuf, Akande Abiola, Ayo Ademiluyi, Ifeanyi Onwunalu, Davy Fidel, Dagga Tolar, Adetunji Gbenga, Usman Khadijat, Hassan Taiwo Soweto, Moshood Oshunfurewa, Taiwo Alao and Chinedu Bosah, SPN national secretary. The four journalists being held are Ifeoluwa Adediran of Premium Times, Abiodun Ayeoba of Sahara reporters, Awoniyi Oluwatosin of Objectv media and Daniel Tanimu of Galaxy TV, who had his equipment seized.

Protests demanding the immediate release of all those arrested should be made to


Lagos police at: + 234 8065668179

Lagos Police public relations:

+ 234 9090003792

Whatsapp: + 234 9057597931

Instagram: @PoliceNGLagos

Facebook: @PoliceNGLagos


Protests should also be sent to local Nigerian embassies, consulates and high commissions.

Please copy protests to the SPN at




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September 2020