Police denies shooting SARS protesters in Ogbomoso, ‘only fired teargas’

Police denies shooting SARS protesters in Ogbomoso, ‘only fired teargas’

The Police Command in Oyo State has debunked the reported shooting of EndSARS protesters in Ogbomoso by its personnel, on Saturday, October 10.

1st News reports that some youths had, on Saturday, stormed major streets in Ogbomoso; to demand the ban of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), an arm of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

One of the protesters was said to have been shot by the police in the process.

An eyewitness revealed that the victim was shot in the leg by the police; when the protesters reached Owode police station in Ogbomoso.

The witness said that the man was shot; as the policemen were trying to ensure that the station was not attacked by the protesters.

He also added that the victim had been rushed to an undisclosed hospital in the town.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Saturday, said that the police did not fire a single shot at any protester.

Fadeyi said that the protesters were allowed to express their grievances for over one hour.

“According to the information I gathered from the officers monitoring the protest; the police did not fire a shot at anybody.

“The protesters were allowed for over one hour to carry out their protest; and express their grievances until when some of them wanted to forcefully enter the police station with a view to attacking it.

“The police only fired teargas to disperse the protesters; they did not fire shot at anybody as widely reported,’’ Fadeyi said.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has cautioned protesters against the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) of the police to stop vandalising government property in the name of protest.

Mr Azeez Adeyemi, the National Public Relations Officer of the association said this in a statement in Abeokuta on Saturday, October 10.

Adeyemi who noted that, though, the activities of FSARS needed to be checked; said that the ongoing protest in parts of the country might have been hijacked by hoodlums.

The NANS PRO added that the hoodlums might take advantage of the protest; to wreak havoc on law-abiding citizens of the country.

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“The activities of the police, not only that of special anti-robbery squad should be reformed for optimal performance; but we must take precautions and be careful about the way we go about it.

“Information at our disposal revealed that some hoodlums have already hijacked the nationwide protest; in a bid to cause chaos and also throw the country into crisis,” the NANS official said.

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