The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has condemned the killing of #EndSars protester, Jimoh Isiaq who lost his life on Saturday at the hands of a bullet shot by a police officer.
The Governor described the incident as “highly regrettable”, and has also called for an immediate investigation into the killing.
Makinde also sympathised with those who were also injured while protesting in Ogbomosho – Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi, and five other people who are currently receiving treatment in hospital.
The governor said he has reached out to the police force in the state to pursue the investigation into the death of Isiaq.
“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. I pray that God grants the parents of Jimoh Isiaka the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” Makinde said.
Only hours earlier, the Commissioner of Police himself came out to deny shooting or killing any protesters, which was quickly proven to be untrue after video evidence surfaced, as well as horrific pictures of the deceased, and a clip from Isiaq’s burial.
Addressing the ongoing protests against the brutality and assaults carried out by SARS, the governor said that it is 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,” he added.
He furthermore urged the police not to interfere in the protests, and to allow all citizens to exercise their freedom of speech as constitutionally permitted, without protesters having to fear of being assaulted by those who have been mandated to protect them and their lives.
“I will be paying a personal visit to the family of Jimoh Isiaka and I promise to pursue the investigations to a logical conclusion.
“Again, I express my deepest sympathies to the family of Jimoh Isiaka, may his soul rest in peace,” he said.
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