Operatives of the Cross River Police Command on Saturday forcefully dispersed the June 12 protesters in Calabar, the state capital, by firing tear gas at the demonstrators.
The incident happened at Rabbana roundabout and Atekong junction on Saturday.
Various groups scheduled demonstrations on June 12 – designated as Democracy Day in Nigeria – to protest against the state of the nation and the governance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Some of the protesters in Calabar also carried ‘Revolution Now’ placards as they asked President Buhari to resign from office.
In addition to their protest against the president, the protesters in Calabar carried placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Ayade pay owed salaries and pensions’, ‘Ayade change your style of governance’, among others.
But the police officers present at the scene fired tear gas at them after failed attempts to disperse the rally.
Igri Ewa, the command’s Public Relations Officer, said the security agency will “not tolerate any unlawful gathering, protest or procession.”