Although it was unclear if jimoh was among the young Nigerians protesting against police brutality before he was shot during a protest in Ogbomosho but eyewitness account said he was a bystander and that he was gun down by a stray bullet allegedly shot by policemen during #EndSARS protest in Oyo
Protests began earlier in the week in different parts of Nigeria over continued harassment of young people by the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad – SARS. The protestors are demanding the disbandment of the unit.
Members of the squad have been accused of crimes such as extrajudicial killings, kidnapping, extortion and intimidation.
The Nigerian Government had promised on multiple occasions to reform SARS and make the squad more accountable.
But the promises have been nothing but empty chatters.
The inspector-general of police Mohammed Adamu last Sunday banned the unit from setting up roadblocks and from conducting stop and search after a groundswell of criticisms.
Days after protests began in different parts of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari insisted that ” vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians.”
But many protestors and Twitter users accused Buhari and the police authorities of being oblivious to the real reasons for the protests.
Meanwhile, governor Seyi makinde has expressed disappointment in a statement over the killing of jimoh also Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohumi and five others that sustained injuries
His word: “ 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, pray that God grant the parent of jimoh the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss
He said the ENDSARS protests are 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.
The statement quoted the governor as saying he will be paying a personal visit to the family of jimoh Isiaq with the understanding of pursuing the investigation to a logical conclusion
“Peaceful protests are a big part of our democratic process. The right to freedom of speech and assembly are guaranteed by our Constitution, and I will never support any attempt to rob citizens of their fundamental human rights”.
“I call on all residents of Oyo State to please remain calm while calling on the Police to allow residents of Oyo State protest peacefully without fear of being assaulted, the statement read”.