Protesters shot dead in Ogbomoso as anti-SARS protests turn violent

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 Obasanjo, 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 .

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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. ”

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