By James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta
Youths of their tons of on Saturday besieged main streets in Abeokuta, the Ogun State to demand for an finish to the operations of the Particular Anti Theft Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police within the nation.
The protesters, who started their peaceable demonstration from Panseke went via Omida, Sapon to the Ake palace, earlier than shifting to Oke In the past Owu.
Among the protesters have been armed with placards with numerous inscriptions, whereas some have been seen with charms.
They unanimously demanded an finish to the operations of the anti-robbery squad.
Barricading the street from Panseke to Omida, Isale Igbein, they stopped at Ogun State Authorities Home to precise their grievances, however the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was not there to take care of them.
Law enforcement officials have been deployed in strategic places throughout the state capital to make sure that the protest was not hijacked by hoodlums.
The peaceable protest later went out of hand when the protesters stormed the palace of the Olowu of Owu in Abeokuta, venue of the 2020 Owu Day Pageant and vandalised the Ogun Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako Oyedele’s car and likewise injured a police officer.
It was gathered that the protesters barricaded the doorway of the palace the place the occasion was happening, looking for an viewers with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Based on an eyewitness account, the cops on the venue of the occasion thought it was a peaceable protest.
He stated, “the officers weren’t on the defensive whereas making an attempt to disperse the protesters, so that they by no means ready for the assault”.
He defined that the deputy governor’s car was vandalised the place it was parked, saying that the deputy governor was contained in the Olowu’s palace when the incident occurred.
“From what I used to be in a position to collect, the protesters broke off from the primary protest occurring inside Abeokuta metropolis and moved to the Olowu’s palace.
” The protesters nearly turned the occasion bloody. They stormed the venue however weren’t allowed entry, they inflict severe damage on one of many officers.
“The opposite officers later shot into the air to disperse the protesters who have been adamant even after the intervention of Obasanjo.
“Three of the protesters later arrested whereas others escaped,” he stated.
It was additional gathered that the State Police Commissioner, Edward Ajogun shortly rushed to the palace to revive order.
The injured police officer was later taken to hospital for medical consideration.