Democracy day: Police teargas protesters in Abuja

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Anti-Buhari Protesters were dispersed with teargas by the Nigeria Police
Anti-Buhari protesters displaying placards on June 12

The Nigeria Police on Saturday shot teargas to disperse protesters in the Gudu area of Abuja as the country marked Democracy Day on June 12.

The protesters had earlier blocked the Gudu Junction to protest the state of the nation.

Similar protests were held across the country on Saturday.

The Unity Fountain in Abuja, which is a popular venue for protests in the nation’s capital, had been shy of protesters as of 8:15am.

Deal of the day

However, at the Millennium Park just opposite the fountain, a few individuals wearing branded T-shirts with the inscription ‘I Stand With Buhari’ had pooled together.

According to newsmen, the protesters in Gudu had turned out in their numbers carrying placards and banners with various inscriptions.

Among their demands was the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to them the president had failed in addressing the challenges in the country, including that of insecurity.

Among those leading the protest were social activists Omoyele Sowore and Deji Adeyanju.

However, as the protesters continued their protest, heavily armed policemen stormed the scene and began shooting tear gas into the air, dispersing the protest.