#ENDSARS protesters parade mock coffin of President Buhari in Osun
By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Nigerian youths protesting Police brutality on Tuesday made a mock coffin of President Muhammadu Buhari and demonstrated with it in Osogbo, capital of Osun state.
They sticked pictures of Buhari on the coffin and paraded it from Olaiya junction to Oke-Fia amid mournful songs.
When they carried the coffin to Oke-Fia, the protesters demonstrated around it while chanting anti-government songs.
Meanwhile commercial activities in major parts of Osogbo and Ile-Ife cities in Osun state were on Tuesday paralysed as Nigerian youths protesting Police brutality occupied the streets.
They turned the #EndSARS protest into carnival of sort as they danced. Depsite rain, the protesters stood their grounds and continued their protest.
The protesters, in their hundreds, took over the popular Olaiya junction, the heart of Osogbo in Osun state and mounted large speakers while a disc jockey was dazzling them with assorted songs.
He youths had assembled at Olaiya around 10am and barricaded all roads around. They denied motorists and motorcyclists access to the roads.
Amid chants of #ENDSARSNOW, the protesters engaged themselves in a dancing competition for fun. This development attracted passersby who crowded the protest area to feed their eyes.
While the dancing and jubilation were ongoing, another group of youths stormed the scene and started chanting anti-government songs.
They called for a total reform of the Police Force and that the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, should go beyond it’s announcement.
Their agitations brought commercial activities to their kneels as some shops shut down immediately the protesters stormed Olaiya.
The protesters displayed a mock coffin.
As at 3:40pm, there was no sight of any security agency at the scenes of the protest.
Also in Ile-Ife, the protesters took to some popular areas including the ever-busy Ori-Olokun round about, Mayfair causing gridlock as commuters and motorists were stranded.
Speaking, one of the protesters, Oluwaseun Farombi said that the announcement made by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, was fake.
Farombi added that the IG was just deceiving Nigerians and noted that nothing tangible would come out of the dissolution.
He called on government to reform Nigeria Police Force generally and ensure the safety of Nigerians.
Also speaking, Abass Oyeyemi said they would continue their peaceful protest until government do the needful.