The Oyo State Police Command has denied reports claiming its officers shot and killed an #EndSARS protester in Ogbomoso town on Saturday October 10.
Reports have been rife online claiming an officer shot at the protesters. Some reports claimed the deceased victim was a student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH.
However, in a statement released this afternoon, the state Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, debunked the reports. The Commissioner averred that the protesters were allowed to show their displeasure but were eventually dispersed when they started throwing stones at the policemen and attempted to gain entrance into the police premises.
The statement reads
“The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, psc has been drawn to the trending story/video that has been widely circulated on Social media today 10/10/2020 that Police killed a protester in Ogbomoso during the “EndSARS” protest.”
The CP wishes to state that the Police allowed the protesters to express their feelings during the protest and they were not hindered in any form until when they started throwing stones into the Police premises and attempted to gain entrance into the premises.
The Police in turn used tear gas to disperse them from gaining entrance into the Owode Ogbomoso Area Command/Police Station to disperse them and preventing them from gaining entrance and attacking the station .
The Police did not fire a shot or kill any protester as widely circulated.”
Meanwhile see videos shared online claiming the police officers fired gunshots at the protesters.