On Wednesday, October 21, social media influencer and #EndSARS protester, Oke gave up the ghost several hours after he tweeted, “Nigeria will not end me.”
He has joined the increasing number of young Nigerians who have been a victim of extrajudicial killings. His demise is coming 24 hours after the Lekki Tollgate massacre.
Oke gained prominence on the microblogging site, Twitter amid the #EndSARS protest for being outspoken and agitating for the abolishment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS which was repackaged as SWAT.
Nigerian Twitter users have taken to the platform to mourn an #EndSARS protester, Oke.
Oke, a graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, was reportedly shot in the neck three hours after he tweeted; “Nigeria will not end me”
His heartbroken girlfriend, Derin, confirmed his death on her page. She shared photos of them posing together and then wrote: “We had forever to go Oke.”
See the photo of Oke’s remains HERE.
Following the announcement of his demise; acquaintances as well as followers of the popular protester have taken to the microblogging site, Twitter to pay tribute to him. They celebrated his courage and contribution to the #EndSARS movement in the country.
Several social media users spoke about his bravery as they paid condolence to him. 1st News has garnered a cross-section of homage published by netizens online.
Here is how netizens are paying tribute to Oke.
1st News had reported that the #EndSARS protesters were attacked by soldiers on Tuesday, October 20; who fired live ammunition at them after the Closed Circuit Television Cameras in the vicinity were reportedly removed, and lights were also turned off.
An eyewitness told journalists that the protesters were sitting on the floor when the soldiers arrived in the area. He disclosed that the soldiers started shooting sporadically.
The incident caused pandemonium in the area as some #EndSARS protesters scampered to safety.
Further, video footages have emerged of protesters trying to attend to the injured with crude objects; as ambulances were initially prevented from coming through by the military. However, they were later let through as several injured youths were ferried to the hospital.