*says peaceful protest big part of democractic process
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde on Saturday disclosed that investigations are ongoing over the alleged killing of a protester in Ogbomoso by men of the Nigeria Police Force during an EndSARS protest
The governor who identified the shot deceased protester as Jimoh Isiaka also said seven other persons among the EndSARS protesters in Ogbomoso sustained injuries.
According to the Governor in a message he posted on his Facebook page, the seven persons that sustained injuries were taken to hospital for treatment.
The governor promised to pursue the investigations on the killing of Jimoh Isiaka and the injured protesters to a logical conclusion, saying, “peaceful protests are a big part of our democratic process.
“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.
“Also, at this same protest, Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi, and five other persons sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment”, he said.
The governor added, “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 grants the parents of Jimoh Isiaka the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
Gov Makinde pointed out that the ENDSARS protests “are a strong indicator of a systemic failure”, and that ” It is a failure on the part of those who have been constitutionally empowered to protect the citizens.
“It again calls into question why State Governors are called Chief Security Officers of their state whereas, they do not have the necessary powers to control the police force. I will be paying a personal visit to the family of Jimoh Isiaka and I promise to pursue the investigations to a logical conclusion. Peaceful protests are a big part of our democratic process”.
He emphasized that “the right to freedom of speech and assembly are guaranteed by our Constitution”, saying , ” I will never support any attempt to rob citizens of their fundamental human rights.”
Governor Makinde then urged the people of Oyo state to remain calm on the incident , saying ,” I also call on the Police to allow residents of Oyo State protest peacefully without fear of being assaulted. “
New Nigerian learnt that Jimoh Isiaka met his untimely death on Saturday during the EndSARS protester in Ogbomoso when he was hit by bullet during the protest.
It was gathered that the protesters assembled aound school area in Ogbomoso and moved into some notable locations in the town including the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso with placards before heading for the Owode police station in the town.
The protesters said to be mainly students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso and some indigenes stormed the area command office of Nigeria Police Force Owode Ogbomoso with songs calling for the scrapping of SARS as well as condemning activities of the SARS arm of the Nigeria Police Force.
It was learnt that it was at this juncture that trouble started as some of the policemen at the station on sighting the protesters reportedly fired teargas at them as well as shooting sporadically into the air to disperse the protesters with a bullet hitting one of them, Isiaka Jimoh in the stomach and another one in the leg.