#EndSARS protests turn violent in Osogbo as hoodlums attack youths

#EndSARS protests turn violent in Osogbo as hoodlums attack youths

Several people have been injured during an #EndSARS protest in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

1st News gathered that the #EndSARS demonstration commenced peacefully on Saturday, October 17, but later turned bloody when the protesters were attacked by some thugs.

It was further reported that the protesting youths came under attack by the hoodlums who were armed with dangerous weapons such as cutlass and broken bottles.

Some of the injured victims were said to have been rushed to a government hospital in Osogbo for medical treatment.

The State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, had identified himself with the #EndSARS protesters who were demanding an end to police brutality in the country.

In his address, the governor apologised for not being able to address the protesters since the demonstration started in Osun.

He said he had confidence in the genuine intention of the protest, adding that the presidency had directed all state governments should constitute judicial panels of inquiry to look into the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) before it was disbanded.

The atmosphere later became tense when some hoodlums surfaced; and started throwing dangerous objects at the governor’s convoy.

Although he was not injured, several vehicles in his convoy were damaged by the thugs.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday, October 16, constituted an 11-man Independent Investigative Panel (IIP) to look into allegations of human rights violations levelled against the operatives of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigeria Police Force.

This mandate to redress the yearnings of the #EndSARS protesters was contained in a statement issued by the NHRC Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu in Abuja.

Ojukwu explained that the panel will hear petitions; complaints; as well as memoranda from Nigerians across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

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The committee headed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Suleiman Galadima, is expected to make recommendations to the federal government on how best to reform SARS and other units of the Force.

Other members of the committee include: Other members of the Panel are: Abdulrahaman Yakubu; Yemi Ademolakun; Chioma Chuka; Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa; Tijani Mohammed; Dr. Uju Agomoh; DIG Ibrahim Lamorde; Dr. Garba Tetengi; Feyikemi Abudu; John Aikpokpo Martins; Hilary Ogbonna.

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