……..Speaker Condemns Attack
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, on Saturday, joined the protest against the activities of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.
The otherwise peaceful protest, held from Oke-Fia to the popular Olaiya junction in Osogbo, however, turned violent when some hoodlums attacked the convoy of the convoy.
While the governor, who had joined the protesters, was rounding off his speech, some hoodlums, welding dangerous weapons, attacked his convoy and damaged several government vehicles.
The hoodlums also injured many of the protesters.
The governor was, however, immediately ferried away from the scene, while those who sustained injuries were taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
The governor, while addressing the protesters before the attack, said that the youth had spoken loud and clear, adding that government would continue to protect their interest.
Oyetola, who apologised to the protesters for coming late to address them, said he had been away from the state and only came back shortly.
He said: “I want to tender my unreserved apologize to the youths for my inability to address you before now. This is simply because I was out of the state,” he said.
The governor, who commended the protesting youths for displaying the ‘Omoluabi’ ethos for which the state was known by comporting themselves in a peaceful manner, said he was in support of the protest against police brutality and human rights abuse.
“The excesses of the SARS personnel are too much and they have to be checkmated. So I agree with you and we understand your plights”, Oyetola said.
He, however, dismissed the rumours making the rounds that he was the one who sent the hoodlums to attack the protesters, saying there was no way he could have done such.
Meawhile the Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Owoeye, has condemned the attack on the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, by EndSARS protesters on Saturday in Osogbo.
Owoeye, who is in Abuja for State House of Assembly Speakers’ Conference, said in a statement: “I am disturbed by the sad news coming out of Osogbo where Governor Gboyega Oyetola was attacked during a solidarity walk with the EndSARS protesters.
“While it is okay and constitutionally alright to protest, it must be in a peaceful manner as being done across the country.
“I had my fair share of the #EndSARS protest in Abuja today, though peaceful.
“I am glad and grateful to God that the Governor is perfectly fine.” he said
The Gov. Oyetola had joined protesters on Saturday, walking with them from Alekuwodo area to Olaiya junction in Osogbo, promising the protesters that their demands would be looked into, and that he supported their peaceful protest.
However, while still addressing the youths, some of the the protesters started hurling stones at the Governor’s car, forcing the governor’s convoy to speedily leave the scene with damages on the vehicles.