arrested on Wednesday when protesters under the aegis of the #RevolutionNow movement stormed the under-bridge area of Ikeja to protest the deplorable condition of the country.
Jalingo’s driver, Clement Laruba, confirmed the development to PUNCH.
“He left his phone with me and went to protest in Ikeja. He has been arrested by the police. I am his driver. I am currently on my way to the Area F Police Division in Ikeja.
“The protest started around 9am but I stayed where the car was parked while he left for the protest. But he later called me with someone’s number to inform me that he has been arrested,” Laruba said during a telephone conversation.
In viral footage, Jalingo, while leading some of the protesters along the axis, said, “No matter how they arrest us, no matter how they chase us, we will not be afraid of their Black Marias, we will not be afraid of their rifles and teargas, we will continue to sing and shout until the day we see a new Nigeria.”
Speaking on his arrest, Jalingo said, “We were protesting the bad governance in the country. We have been talking every day that this country is not going well and that the government needs to do something to correct the level of poverty and reverse the level of penury in the country.
“I am surprised that anytime we come out to draw attention to these issues, they send the police to come and arrest us. We are harmless and are not carrying arms but only stood with a megaphone to address the public and then somebody started shooting teargas at us. It is a mystery that something like this is still happening in Nigeria.
“I was arrested at Ikeja-Along. The police chase us on the express for more than three kilometres before they eventually rounded us up and took 19 of us to the Area F Police Station in Ikeja. We are here. They have been asking us to write a statement but we have refused to do so because we don’t know what we have done wrong.”
See some pictures of the arrested protesters below:
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