Police, hours after its blockade, now opened their site for the #RevolutionNow Symposium.
After the involvement of the human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, the venue was lastly opened, which has been closed off from police and the State Security Service (SSS) since early morning today.
The main organizer of the event was a political movement led by the detained Nigerian campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, called the Coalition for Revolution (CORE).
The event was first disrupted by security forces after its attention drawn urgently to the increasing social and security crises of Nigeria and to the manner ahead.
Public figures such as Wole Soyinka and Femi Falana were invited by the organizers to join their voices to the worsening insecurity and a particular attack against Buhari criticism.
However, soon before the event started at 11 a.m., the security agencies allegedly stormed the venue and indiscriminately assaulted attendees and journalists.
A BBC journalist has been detained and forced to delete footage in his camera and other multimedia devices.
The police, State Security Service and the Military in Nigeria supposedly carried out the operations.
The group said any acts of intimidation by security agencies will be resisted and the event would go on as planned at the same venue, The Logos Centre, 46 Ibijoke Street, Oluyole Bus Stop, Oregun, Lagos.
It was unclear whether Mr Soyinka and other major headliners have arrived for the event before the security agencies moved in to frustrate it.
Anthony Kila, a Cambridge professor, was amongst those scheduled to speak at the event. He condemned the disruption in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.
“I was prepared to speak on insecurity and increasing intolerance towards critics by this regime,” Mr Kila said. “Disrupting such a peaceful gathering of eminent Nigerians means the country is even in a bigger trouble than many preciously realized.”
When Mr Falana arrived the venue for the symposium, he met the venue on lock down by the force and subsequently demanded its opening, as it was a violation of their fundamental Human Rights.
Mr Falana, who, along with members of the #RevolutionNow, remained in front of the venue, despite being denied entry by the police, said no one had the right to deny them their rights to association.
The activist, who demanded to know on what grounds the police was keeping them from accessing the venue, was informed that the police was only trying to ensure that miscreants do not take over the processes.
After some time, the police agreed to let people into the venue, after conducting a body search.
This is coming two weeks after SSS agents violently breached an apartment used by Mr Sowore in Lagos and took him into custody.
The Sahara Reporters publisher has remained in custody after the Buhari government claimed his call for a nationwide protest against hardship amounted to terrorism.
Protesters and journalists were also dispersed and arrested in many parts of the country for joining a protest aimed at revolution, an action that the police tagged as treasonable felony.
The government has kept Mr. Sowore in custody in an unknown location and ignored the public outcry.