The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has expressed his deepest saddness as he received the news of the passing on of one of the protesters, Jimoh Isiaka, who was shot during the End SARS protest in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
He made this known on his official social platform on Saturday, he said Isiaka died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, earlier today, adding that Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi, and five other persons sustained injuries at the same protest and were taken to hospital for treatment.
According to him, “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. The ENDSARS protests are a strong indicator of a systemic failure. It is a failure on the part of those who have been constitutionally empowered to protect the citizens”, he said.
He noted that peaceful protests are big part of the 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”.
Makinde called on all residents of Oyo State to please remain calm. “I also call on the Police to allow residents of Oyo State protest peacefully without fear of being assaulted.Again, I express my deepest sympathies to the family of Jimoh Isiaka, may his soul rest in peace.
“I will be paying a personal visit to the family of Jimoh Isiaka and I promise to pursue the investigations to a logical conclusion. 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”, he said.
Photo: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde