The #EndSARS protests in Ogbomoso, Oyo State took a very violent turn on Sunday, October 11, as three youths were reportedly killed by officials of the police unit.
1st News gathered that the #EndSARS protestors visited the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade, over the death of Isiaka Jimoh who was shot by a SARS official on Saturday.
According to information gathered, the youths gained entry into the reception room of the king; and vandalized all things they saw in the room.
The youths in their thousands also pelted the bedroom of the monarch with stones breaking the window glasses.
In the ensuing melee, three of the protesting #EndSARS youth were reportedly shot dead in the process while others sustained injuries.
An indigene of the town revealed that the youth complained about the nonchalant attitude of the king which prompted the protests.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Command is yet to issue an official statement regarding the incident.
Also, a petition by the #EndSARS movement to the United States government to impose visa restrictions on all Nigerian public office holders; and high-ranking police officers has received over 10,000 signatures as of Sunday morning.
This #EndSARS petition was spearheaded by data journalist Farida Adamu, on Friday to nudge top officials; to “take needful actions instead of their current taciturnity,” a description on change.com said.
1st News had reported that the US, in a statement last month, said it had imposed visa restrictions; on select individuals for their role in causing electoral violence or “undermining democracy;” during the Kogi and Bayelsa States 2019 elections.
The US also threatened to impose further sanctions on politicians who sow conflict; during the recently held Edo and Ondo States elections.
“Though visa restrictions may not be foolproof; the peaceful election conducted a few days after the release of your statement; asserts that your statement holds so much significance,” the #EndSARS petition; written as a letter to the US Department of State, reads.
“It is with this belief in your commitment that we, as Nigerian youths; request that you make the blanket restriction as highlighted above on all public office holders in the country.”