The #EndSARS protest going on across major southern cities in the country turned bloody in Osogbo on Saturday, as hoodlums attacked the state governor, Alhaji Gboyega’s convoy, as they reportedly damaged several government vehicles in the process.
No fewer than two persons were feared killed during the #EndSARS protest that rocked the Osun State capital.
The Governor was said to have escaped death by whiskers as vehicles in his convoy were severely damaged during the attack.
The hoodlums were said to have shot at the Governor’s convoy and threw pebbles at the government officials that accompanied him to the protest ground.
Reports say Oyetola, flanked by some other Government officials had joined protesters in the walk from Alekuwodo area to Olaiya junction in the city, where he made attempts to address them.
The protesters, however, demanded that he tendered an apology for failing to have addressed them since they started the protest last week.
They also asked him to see to the arrest and prosecution of ex-SARS officers who are found culpable of brutality and other human rights abuses.
When the governor was, however, finally allowed to speak, Oyetola, who was wearing a faze cap with ENDSARS inscription apologised for addressing them late and assured that their demands would be met.
Reports further has it that while the Governor was still addressing the youths, some unknown armed hoodlums stormed the scene and started shooting and hurling stones at Oyetola.
The Governor’s security aides reportedlywhisked Oyetola out of the already tensed protest ground immediately.
Scores of yet to be identified protesters were said to have been severely injured as stampede ensued shortly after the governor narrowly left the scene.
Some protesters who sustained severe injuries were said to have been rushed to the state General hospital for medical attention while two youths were said to have been killed in the stampede.
When contacted on the telephone, the Police Public Relations Officer of Osun State Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola said the Police were on top of the situation.
Opalola could not confirm the casualties but said that the violent protest would be investigated