JUST IN: Osun Governor escapes death while addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo

Osun Governor escapes death while addressing #EndSARS protesters

By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo

Oyetola's vehicle damaged during the attack
Oyetola’s vehicle damaged during the attack

#EndSARS protest on Saturday afternoon took a violent dimension in Osogbo as hoodlums attacked Governor Gboyega Oyetoa and damaged several government vehicles.

Governor Oyetola had joined protesters in the walk from Alekuwodo area to Olaiya junction, singing with them and promising them that their demands will be looked into, and that he supported how their peaceful agitations which is a part of democratic process.
Governor Oyetola addressing the protesters
Governor Oyetola addressing the protesters
However, while still addressing the youths, the armed men and women started shooting, hurled stones at the Governor’s car.

Scores of yet to be identified people were severely injured as stampede ensued shortly after the governor addressed the protesters.

Some protesters who sustained severe injuries were rushed to Asubiaro state hospital for medical attention.

Before the protest was disrupted by the suspected thugs, Governor Oyetola had addressed the protesters where he assured them that all those who sustained any form of injuries during attacks on #EndSARS protest will be taken care of by the state government.

Oyetola's vehicle damaged during the attack
Oyetola’s vehicle damaged during the attack

The Governor had been reprimanded by the protesters for identifying with them publicly after about 9 days of protest against Police brutality in the state before he was allowed to speak.

Oeytola, who first apologised for not being able to address them since the protest started in the State assured the protesters that he believes in the genuine intention of the protest.

He told the protesters that the presidency has directed all state governors to constitute judicial panel of inquiry to look into the SARS activities before it was disbanded.

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The atmosphere later became tense with the protesters not given any chance of peace, they started throwing dangerous objects at convoy including the vehicle that scampered the Governor for safety.

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