- Governor Seyi Makinde has ordered a full investigation into the death of EndSARS protester in Ogbomoso axis of Oyo state
- The governor expressed sadness over Jimoh Isiaq's death and described the attack on the protesters as "highly regrettable"
- Makinde maintained that the EndSARS protest is a democratic right borne out of "systemic failure"
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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has ordered a full investigation into the death of Jimoh Isiaq, an anti-SARS protester allegedly killed on Saturday, October 10, by police operatives during a peaceful demonstration in Ogbomoso.
In a series of reaction-tweets, Governor Makinde, who is in Ondo for a special party duty, said he received with deep sadness the news of Isiaka's death.
The governor described the death of the victim, who died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso hours after he was shot, as regrettable.
While praying that God gives the deceased's parents the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss, Makinde also saluted seven people who were reported also been injured during the protest.
He also stated that he has contacted the Oyo state commissioner of police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, and other relevant agencies to begin investigations.
The governor said:
"I have received with deep sadness the news of the passing of one of our children, Jimoh Isiaka, who was shot during the ENDSARS protest in Ogbomoso. He later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, earlier today.
"This situation is highly regrettable. I have contacted the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, and other relevant agencies, and investigations into what led to the unfortunate incident are still ongoing.
"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."
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.
Governor Makinde called for calm in Oyo state and promised to visit the families of the victim, urging the police to allow residents to protest peacefully.
Meanwhile, Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC), a group of youths in the northern region of Nigeria, has declared that it is going against the ongoing nationwide EndSARS campaign.
In a statement released and signed by its director of media and communication Muhammad Ibrahim, the group maintained that the nationwide demonstration is being peddled by "anti-government protests."
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