#ENDSARS: Ogbomoso protesters give conditions for peace

Leaders of protesting youths in Ogbomosho on Monday agreed to cease fire provided some condition were met.

They said the police authorities must release arrested protesters and prosecute officers who killed Jimoh Isiaka at the weekend.

The aggrieved youths gave the condition during a meeting facilitated by a community leader and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo, Akinwale Akinwole, as part of efforts by the government to ensure peace return to the ancient community.

Normalcy returned to the community after the meeting.

One of the leaders, who gave his name as Taju, said: “Those who are killed by the police are innocent people.

“The victims were not part of the agitation to #EndSARS slogan that rented the air. The police came to our areas to arrest our innocent brothers and even relatives of the deceased.

“We will desist from violent and allow peace and normalcy to return to the town, but the police must release all those that have been arrested and the police must also present the officers that shot at people during the protest.”

Akinwole, popularly called Wolekanle, while addressing the youths at the meeting, commended them for embarking on the protest that led to disbandment of the SARS unit.

He however frowned at how the palace of Soun of Ogbomosho, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi was attacked and vandalised on Sunday.

He said: “The #EndSARS protest was a right step taken at a right time and thank God SARS has been disbanded by the IGP but the way the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso was destroyed on Sunday was uncalled for.

“Talk has already been initiated in town and I can assure you that everything will be settled but you have to be calm. Governor Seyi Makinde is not happy with the development and is already wading in to see how lasting peace would be ac

hieved.”

The PDP chieftain also visited Ita Alasa and Isale Ora communities where he appealed to the youths as well as representatives of the students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho.

He also visited the parents of the deceased.

(The Nation)