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Police Deny Killing #EndSARS Protester, ‘Jimoh Isiaq’

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Mr. Nwachuku Enwonwu
Mr. Nwachuku Enwonwu

The Oyo State Commissioner, Mr. Nwachuku Enwonwu has released a statement denying that the Police shot at an protester, who eventually died at the hospital.

The Commissioner of Police in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson Fadeyi Gbenga said the police did not fire a shot or kill any protester.

The statement read:

“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.”

Social media users have been spreading the alleged victim’s name as Jimoh Isiaq whom they say was a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

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The police commissioner, however, admitted that the police used tear gas to disperse protesters from gaining entrance into the Owode Ogbomoso Area Command/Police Station.

“The Police did not fire a shot or kill any protester as widely circulated. The CP in his earlier press release had sought for collaborations of parents/guardian, religious and community leaders, leaders of thought, etc to wade in and appeal to these angry youths to exercise patience, give the Police Command some time to properly reform SARS,” the statement added.

The killing of an #EndSARS protester, Jimoh Isiaq in Ogbomoso, Oyo State by police on Saturday has drawn the ire of Nigerians.

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A police team monitoring the protest was said to have used live rounds to disperse the teeming protesters during which the victim was hit.

Jimoh Isiaq shortly before his death
Jimoh Isiaq shortly before his death

Isiaq’s bloodied, the motionless body was shown in several videos that trended on social media after the shooting.

He was rushed to Bowen University Teaching Hospital, where medical sources said bullets pierced his ribs, making it difficult to save him.

Many Nigerians who took to social media said the killing further justified the agitation to bring an end to police brutality.

They prayed for the repose of Jimoh Isiaq’s soul, adding that his ultimate sacrifice would not be forgotten.

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