Sister of an #EndSARS protester, Eromosele Adene, has revealed that 15 armed policemen invaded and arrested her brother from his apartment on Adekeye Street, in Allen area of Ikeja, Lagos State, on Saturday.
On Saturday, there were reports on social media that an #EndSARS protester was whisked away from his home amid plans to hold a protest at Allen Junction area in Ikeja.
Confirming the reports, the lady identified as Onomena in an interview with Punch Metro on Sunday, said one of the policemen deceived her by claiming that he had a parcel to deliver to their father around 7am on that day.
When I met them, they told me that they were actually looking for my brother and instructed me to take them to our house, but I refused. They said they did a business with him and sent money to his Zenith Bank’s account but the commodity was not delivered. I told them that I did not believe their story and insisted that they give me a valid explanation.
I was dragging with them when three Hilux patrol vehicles with about 15 policemen armed with AK-47 rifles stormed where we stood. I became terrified and had to lead them to my house.
When we got into my compound, I asked why they were looking for my brother again and they still claimed the same transaction story. I knew their story was false and that they were looking for him because of the #EndSARS protest.
She said while she was confronting the policemen outside, her brother was in the room raising an alarm on social media that security agents were at his place to arrest him.
The policemen became annoyed when they saw the posts and demanded that he pulled them down. So, we told him to pull the posts down and he did, but they still took him away to the office of the Commissioner of Police.
He was there for about three hours but they didn’t do anything. We left with our lawyer and parents around 8pm. We became surprised when we heard that they had moved him to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, on Sunday. They later brought him back and put him inside a cell in Area F.
Watch a video of the invasion at Adene’s house below;
— HEROS OF TOLLGATE #SARSMUSTEND (@j_samdavid) November 8, 2020
One of the coordinators of the #EndSARS protest, Juwon Sanyaolu, condemned the arrest, revealing that Eromosele was tracked.
The moment the fliers about the Allen Junction protest started circulating, we started receiving different calls. On Friday, he informed me that he received a call from the Lagos Air Force Commander, who claimed to have discussed with the Commissioner of Police and that they both agreed not to attack the protest but give us maximum protection.
Little did we know that that phone call was a ploy to actually track his location. Everyone who converged on Allen Junction for the protest was intimidated, so, we had to settle for an alternative venue, somewhere around the Gani Fawehimi library.
We were protesting there and journalists were covering the protest when the police came and violently disrupted the protest. It is not the job of the police to subvert people’s right to protest. It shows how far the Buhari government is ready to go to ensure they turn us into a conquered people.
Lagos state police command was yet to make comments regarding the arrest of the #EndSARS protests, as at the time of filing this report.
Using the hashtag #FreeEromz, many Nigerians including friends and family are now calling for the unconditional release of Adene from police custody, stating that he was wrongly arrested.
See some reactions from Twitter users below;
While you start your week, please help us create awareness on #FreeEromz who was arrested on Saturday morning in his home. @simplyEromz simply exercised his rights to protests and gave his resources for the #EndSARS movement. #EndSARs#EndPoliceBrutality pic.twitter.com/wTc0ALQqre
— O (@OpeFamodimu) November 9, 2020
— կ (@TzOlawale) November 9, 2020
— nafeeu (@nafeezi) November 9, 2020
All Adene did was exercise his constitutional right by participating in a peaceful protest #EndSARS
— ℙℝ ℝℕ ℝ(◕ᴥ◕) (@saadatbibire) November 9, 2020
I urge the authorities to stop d intimidation of peaceful Nigerians asking for a better country.
We will resist you.
— General Wolebaba (@Wolebaba1) November 9, 2020
Eromz was arrested yesterday for being part of the #EndSARS Protest in Lagos.
Please pressurise and discourage the Nigerian government from targeting peaceful protesters.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) November 8, 2020
— Camera plug 📽🎥📹📸📷 (@Akh3R3) November 8, 2020
All Eremosele Did was Sacrifice his safety for all of us at Alausa while protesting, he made sure he always wrote our names down in case any of us got arrested so we can get Bail, now he’s been arrested for Protesting please let’s help him #FreeEromz #FreeEremosele #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/4cPt5sIhps
— #EndSARS (@MuyiwaWilliams_) November 8, 2020
— Zino #FreeEromz (@_Ewomazino) November 8, 2020
— Pastor Ola ✨ (@Biisi96) November 8, 2020