Two young Nigerians men who have been identified as Anene Victor, and Emmanuel Larry have been arrested and jailed for protesting against President Muhammadu Buhari in Kogi state.
These young men were the ones in the video that went viral on Monday, the duo.
The young men who could be seen in the video holding “Buhari must go” posters, were seen being flogged by other youths who were purportedly state sponsored for even daring to protest.
Reacting to the incident, Kingsley Fanwo, the state commissioner for information, said the youths handed the two young men over to the police.
He said the youths who handed them over were commended by the state government for stopping the protesters.
“The Kogi government has commended some youths for putting a stop to an alleged campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari in the state,” he said.
The commissioner also added that the anti-Buhari campaigners may be prosecuted for violating the state’s environmental laws.
Upon their arrest, the protesters were however, allegedly handed over to thugs by the police who paraded them around Lokoja, the state capital, flogging and torturing them.
They were also reportedly arraigned in a magistrate’s court and subsequently jailed.
When contacted, Ayuba Edeh, the state commissioner of police, said he only knew about the arrest of people who vandalised public property.
“I don’t know. We didn’t arrest any anti-Buhari protester. We arrested people that were defacing public property,” he said.
“Because you know anti-Buhari protesters are all over the place every day, it’s normal and they’re everywhere. So they were arrested for defacing public property.”
When asked if the men were handed over to thugs by the police and tortured, he denied knowledge of that.
“I’m not aware of that,” he said.