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One killed as anti-SARS protests turn violent in Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Abuja & Lagos

More than one week after the renewed call for the proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the attendant street protests have turned violent in some parts of the country, with a protester identified as Jimoh Isiaka, shot dead in Ogbomoso, Oyo State on Saturday.

Apart from Oyo, the #EndSARS demonstration was marred by violence in Osun, Abuja and Ogun, where a crowd of agitators stormed Owu festival on Saturday, demanding to speak with former President Olusegun Obasnajo, who was at the event.

The nationwide protest was reignited last week following the shooting of a youth reportedly in front of a hotel in Ughelli, Delta State, by some FSARS operatives who drove away his SUV. The police have said the youth didn’t die.

The Nigeria Police Force consequently banned FSARS and other special tactical squads from carrying out routine stop and search.

The protesters, however, claimed that the police authorities had not shown enough commitment to reform the dreaded police unit over the years and called for its disbandment.

Despite the Force’s call for calm, the protest raged on in several parts of the country, including Lagos, Delta, Imo, and also gained traction in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa and Canada.

The protest was described as the most trended issue on Friday globally, according to @BBCAfrica, as Nigerians abroad joined in the demonstration. A rally is billed to hold in London on Monday.

Amid the protests in Nigeria, young Isiaka was reportedly killed by a trigger-happy policeman in Ogbomoso on Saturday, with seven others sustaining varying degrees of injury.

Confirming Isiaka’s death, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, via his Twitter handle @seyamakinde, described the situation as regrettable and promised that investigation would be carried out into the incident.

He said the killing and assault on peaceful protesters were an indication of government failure and urged the residents to carry on with their protests peacefully.

He said, “I have received with deep sadness the news of the passing of one of our children, Jimoh Isiaka, who was shot during the #ENDSARS protest in Ogbomoso. He later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, earlier today (Saturday).

Also, at this same protest, Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi, and five other persons sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. This situation is highly regrettable. I have contacted the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, and other relevant agencies, and investigations into what led to the unfortunate incident are still ongoing.

“I pray that God grant the parents of Jimoh Isiaka the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”

Makinde said the situation called into question why state governors were called the Chief Security Officers of their states whereas they did not have the necessary powers to control the police force.

Peaceful protests are a big part of our democratic process. The right to freedom of speech and assembly are guaranteed by our constitution, and I will never support any attempt to rob citizens of their fundamental human rights,” he said.

However, Oyo CP, Enwonu, debunked Isiaka’s killing saying that the police only repelled the protesters with tear gas.

Enwonwu, in the statement titled, ‘Re-Police kill protester in Ogbomoso,’ said, “The attention of the police have been drawn to the trending story/video that has been widely circulated on social media today (Saturday) that police killed a protester in Ogbomoso during the EndSARS protest.

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