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Charly Boy slumps as police dogs attack anti-Buhari protesters


Maverick singer and social crusader, Charles Okputa (aka Charly boy), who has been the major leader in the protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s long stay in London was yesterday attacked by a policeman with the butt of the gun which resulted in his slump.

It was gathered that during the acclaimed peaceful protest, the police, who unleashed over 30 dogs on the protesters, attacked Charly Boy and seven others.

Narrating his ordeal to The Guardian, Charly Boy said: “The rally was peaceful and it was meant to be a sit-out at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, but suddenly we saw a battalion of policemen who refused to allow us sit at the park, so we have to move to the opposite park.

“They were hostile and then suddenly unleashed the dogs which were coming voraciously to attack us. One of the dogs bit a fellow protester, before we knew it, they fired a hot-water canon which hit me at the back, and then started firing the tear gas at us. An overzealous policeman then hit me with the butt of his gun, I collapsed and my people have to carry me.”

Oputa said he slumped because he was trying to get away. According to him, the demonstration on Monday annoyed members of the ‘cabal’ because it received a wide coverage from different local and foreign media outfits such as CNN, BBC, Aljazeera and so on.

Charly Boy declared his readiness to continue the protest tomorrow in Abuja starting from 9pm, saying the outcome of yesterday’s event would only motivate him and his fellow protesters.

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