Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Saturday, October 10, issued a condolence message to the family of Jimoh Isiaka, one of the protesters calling for the ban of Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
This was contained in a statement via his Twitter handle, expressing sadness at the news of the passing of Isiaka, who was shot during the #ENDSARS protest in Ogbomoso.
Seyi Makinde further confirmed that the young man later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, earlier on Saturday.
The governor prayed that “God grants the parents of Jimoh Isiaka the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
He also said that, “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.
“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.
“I will be paying a personal visit to the family of Jimoh Isiaka and I promise to pursue the investigations to a logical conclusion.
“Peaceful protests are a big part of our 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.
“I call 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.”
Furthermore, Seyi Makinde said he has contacted the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, and other relevant agencies; noting that investigations into what led to the unfortunate incident are still ongoing.
According to him, the #ENDSARS protests are a strong indicator of systemic failure; and a failure on the part of those who have been constitutionally empowered to protect the citizens.
Meanwhile, aside from Isiaka, who was killed during the protest; Abdulrasaq Olawale; Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi; and five other persons sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.