Not less than six persons were on Monday, arrested by a combined team of security operatives in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, for attempting to converge for a protest.
The members of the group “Coalition for Revolution,” were reportedly picked up by a combined team of soldiers and operatives from Osun State Command of Department of State Services.
Explaining the development to newsmen, an Osogbo-based human rights lawyer, Alfred Adegoke, said those arrested were later taken to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Osun State Police Command in Osogbo, where they were detained.
According to Adegoke, although those arrested were later released after his intervention, two of them were brutalised by the security men.
On how the arrests were made, one of those arrested, Prince Adeyeye Adeyemi, said five other people had joined him at Ayetoro area for a walk when soldiers and DSS operatives swooped on them.
In his words, “Michael Akande, Adediji Opeyemi, Akinyemi Morakinyo, Olakunle Moses and Adedoyin Temitope, who are members of Coalition for Revolution, had joined me for a walk in the Ayetoro area.
“We came out Monday morning for the exercise; we have not even commenced the walk when 14 trucks filled with soldiers and DSS operatives arrived at the scene. They just packed us into the vehicles and took us to the Dugbe police station.
“From there, we were taken to the SCID of the Osun Police Command. We were beaten and brutalised by the security men. We were later released after the intervention of our legal team, led by Barrister Alfred Adegoke. The security men did not tell us why we were arrested.”
Efforts to get comments from the spokesperson of the Osun Police Command, Yemisi Opalola proved unsuccessful, as calls and text message sent to her were not returned nor replied.