As the #ENDSARS protest continues across the country, a yet-to-identified person has been reportedly shot dead as police officers in Ogbomoso, Oyo state opened fire on peaceful protesters.
Reports say the protesters were rallying in town to join the demand for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the police when the incident happened.
However, the Police PRO in the state, Olugbenga Fadeyi said no one was killed.
The PPRO in a release said the police only tear-gased the protesters to prevent them from gaining entrance into the station.
The release read: “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. 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 high Command some time to properly reform SARS.
“He has equally warned social miscreants/disgruntled elements to steer clear of the State as the Police in Oyo Stage will not fold their arms and allow breakdown of law and order, while he assures the good people of Oyo State to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestations from any quarters.”