#EndSARS: Osun Police react as protest turns violent in Osogbo

#EndSARS: Osun Police react as protest turns violent in Osogbo

By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo

Osun CP Undie Adie
Osun CP Undie Adie

The Osun State Police Command has reacted to the violent #EndSARS protest that rocked Osogbo on Saturday.

The Police promised to investigate the alleged attack on the State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola and why the protest took a violent dimension why the governor was addressing the protesters.

When contacted on the telephone, the Police Public Relations Officer of Osun State Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola said the Police were on top of the situation.

Opalola could not confirm the casualties at the violent protest ground but said that the development would be investigated.

“The Police are on top of the situation. We will investigate it,” Opalola said.

The State Governor, Gboyega Oyetoa and his convoy were attacked by suspected armed thugs that stormed the EndSARS protest ground when Oyetola was addressing the protesters.

One of Governor Oyetola's vehicles after the attack
One of Governor Oyetola’s vehicles after the attack

The Governor was said to have escaped death by whiskers as his convoy was severely damaged during the attack.

Hoodlums were said to have shot at the Governor’s convoy and threw pebbles at the government officials that accompanied him to the protest ground.

Oyetola, flanked by some other Government officials had joined protesters in the walk from Alekuwodo area to Olaiya junction, where he made attempts to address them.
The protesters had demanded that he tendered an apology for failing to have addressed them since they started the protest last week. They also asked him to see to the arrest and prosecution of ex-SARS officers who are found culpable of brutality and other human rights abuses.
One of the injured during the protest in Osogbo
One of the injured during the protest in Osogbo
However, when the governor was finally allowed to speak, Oyetola, who was wearing a face cap with ENDSARS inscription apologised for addressing them late and assured that their demands would be met.
While still addressing the youths, some unknown armed hoodlums stormed the scene and started shooting and hurling stones at the Governor. The Governor’s security aides immediately whisked Oyetola out of the already tensed Protest ground.
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Scores of yet to be identified protesters were said to have been severely injured as stampede ensued shortly after the governor narrowly left the scene.

Some protesters who sustained severe injuries were said to have been rushed to Asubiaro state hospital for medical attention while two youths were said to have been killed in the stampede.

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