The Governor of Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola was attacked by hoodlums while addressing the #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, state capital on Saturday.
This occurred at Olaiya Junction while he was addressing the protesters when armed thugs holding cutlasses and sticks swooped at him. Thus, necessitating him to be ferried away from the scene by his security details.
In addition, vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were attacked and damaged as they were throwing stones at.
Recall that the Governor had joined the protesters in their walk from Alekuwodo area to Olaiya Junction while singing with them with an assurance that their demands will be met.
Furthermore, he noted that he is in support of their agitations, which he said is a necessary part of the democratic process.
However, while still addressing the youths, hoodlums swooped on the gathering.
Seeing the development, security men in his entourage were said to have shot repeatedly and sped off the venue.
Unfortunately, it was reported that the Police attached to the Governor’s convoy shot and killed yet to be identified protesters in a different location called Ayepe in the state.
Earlier, some of the protesters had asked the Governor to apologise for not giving them audience since nine days ago that the protest begun.
The protesters who condemned the Governor for not joining their cause on time, while speaking at Olaiya Junction in Osogbo where the protest took place, affirmed that Oyetola has molested them by instigating thugs to axe and stab them.
The Governor however debunked that allegations, saying he would investigate the matter.
“You are all my sons and I would not want any evil to befall you,” he was quoted to have said.
However, speaking on the development, the state government said an attempt was made on the life of the Governor.
According to a statement by the government:
“There was an attempt on Saturday on the life of Governor Oyetola. Armed with guns, cutlasses, the hoodlums swooped on the governor at Olaiya junction while he was addressing the #EndSARS protesters at the state capital.
“Governor Oyetola had joined protesters in the walk from Alekuwodo area to Olaiya junction, singing with them and promising them that their demands will be looked into, and that he supported how their peaceful agitations which is a part of the democratic process.
“However, while still addressing the youths, the armed men and women started shooting, hurled stones at the governor’s car.”
In another development, however, the Police in the State said the matter will be investigated and the reason why the protest took a different dimension would be unraveled.
This was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer of Osun State Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola who said the Police were on top of the situation, but however, did not confirm the casualties involved.
“The Police are on top of the situation. We will investigate it,” Opalola said.