The protesters were reportedly wounded before they were allegedly taken and detained at the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit in the capital city.
A former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, was arrested in the company of other activists participating in a protest against the Nigerian government in the early hours of Friday, January 1, 2021.
According to a report by Sahara Reporters, owned by Sowore, security operatives attacked and arrested the protesters during a peaceful procession to mark the new year in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Sowore had announced on Thursday, December 31, 2020 for a nationwide crossover protest against the Buhari administration.
“How about a CrossOver Protest/Uprising tonight? Anyone willing to participate? Pick up a candle and a placard showing your grievances against the regime, let’s upload our short videos and photos across our Social Media platforms,” he posted on his Twitter account.
The crossover protest also held in Ondo and Kaduna as Nigerians celebrated the new year.