End SARS: Tension in Ogun, police officer, protester feared killed, stations attacked
There is palpable tension in Ogun State as hoodlums appear to have hijacked the End SARS protest.
On Wednesday morning, an eyewitness toldreporters that a young man, who was one of those mounting roadblocks in Atan Ota, was allegedly shot dead by the police.
In retaliation, the irate youths were said to have gone after the police, killing an officer.
They were also said to have set the Atan Ota police station on fire.
Efforts to reach the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer were not successful as he did not pick calls to his phone.
In Abeokuta, our correspondent gathered that the Lafenwa and Obada Oko police stations were attacked and looted by hoodlums, who were said to have also freed those in custody.
Likewise in Obantoko, some youths claiming to be Okada riders said they were protesting the increase in the cost of their daily tickets.
While protesting, they were reported to have unleashed terror on residents of the area.
The situation, it was gathered, is not different in other parts of Ogun State as people fear what could be the end of the melee.
Reacting to the ugly incidents, Gov Dapo Abiodun said in a tweet:
“Yesterday, I advised our youths to protest peacefully and not erect blockades on roads or disturb other citizens.
“I am informed by peaceful protesters that hoodlums have hijacked the protests and are attacking innocent citizens. I am pleading with these elements to shun violence and not allow things to degenerate.”
Meanwhile, soldiers and anti-riot policemen have since been mobilised to ensure the security of lives and properties.