UPDATED! Three Die As Hoodlums Assault Osun Governor With Axes, Others At #EndSARS Protest
At least three individuals are feared to have misplaced their lives throughout an assault on Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state.
They reportedly died on Saturday because the #EndSARS protest within the Osun state capital turned violent.
Additionally, many automobiles within the convoy of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had been broken, following an assault by suspected hoodlums on the scene of the protest.
In keeping with The PUNCH, the governor was addressing protesters at Olaiya Junction when the scenario turned rowdy and his safety males, in a bid to ferry him to security, resorted to taking pictures into the air, as hoodlums threw missiles on the convoy.
Oyetola apologised to the protesters for failing to deal with them after a number of days of demonstration and promised to make an enquiry from the Commissioner of Police to establish the alleged involvement of the Nationwide Union of Highway Transport Staff’ boss within the assault.
Some minutes to three pm, shortly after the governor arrived on the scene, one of many protesters, Olawale Bakare, demanded an apology from him for refusing to have interaction the protesters after 9 days of demonstration.
Bakare additionally demanded the instant arrest and prosecution of a chieftain of the NURTW, recognized as Asiri Eniba, who he accused of sending thugs to assault the protesters.
However the governor denied sending thugs to assault the protesters and promised to pay the hospital payments of all these injured through the protest.
His response didn’t, nevertheless, go down properly with the protesters as hoodlums, wielding cutlasses, had been seen standing in entrance of the governor’s car to forestall him from leaving the scene.
Whereas forcing their approach by the gang, the safety particulars of the governor shot into the air because the hoodlums hurled missiles and smashed the glasses of a number of automobiles within the convoy.
The hoodlums, who chased the convoy alongside Odiolowo Staff’ Drive on bikes, later returned to Olaiya and arrange bonfires on the street.
One particular person, whose identification couldn’t be instantly ascertained, was confirmed lifeless at Ladoke Akintola Instructing Hospital, Osogbo.
A health care provider within the hospital, who spoke on situation of anonymity, instructed our correspondent that the deceased died from a gunshot wound and that one other man who was injured on the scene of the protest was additionally rushed to the hospital.
Additionally, two others had been feared lifeless, as hoodlums reportedly attacked the bottom of an unnamed NURTW boss on the Previous Storage finish of Osogbo on Saturday night.
A dependable safety supply mentioned the hoodlums had stormed Previous Storage and engaged loyalists of the NURTW in a battle, resulting in the demise of two individuals. However a protester, OlaOluwa Owoeye, in an interview, mentioned three protesters had been shot lifeless by the safety males hooked up to the governor.
He mentioned, “There was no assault on the governor. The safety males with him shot at individuals. Three individuals are within the mortuary after the assault. Our DJ and two others had been shot lifeless.”
However the state Commissioner for Info, Funke Egbemode, mentioned, “It was an assassination try. This was definitely past the #EndSARS protest. The individuals who launched the assault weren’t protesters in any respect.
“Protests have been occurring within the state for some days now and there had been no assault on any authorities official for the reason that starting of the protest.
“Nonetheless, at this time’s assault modified the narrative. It was not a spontaneous try. The attackers had all of it deliberate. That they had weapons and different weapons. The truth is, it was a girl who smashed the windscreen of the car of the Secretary to the State Authorities, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, the place I used to be.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, mentioned the casualty determine was not available.