My expensive Good Individuals of the State of Osun.
Yesterday night, political thugs&hoodlums made an unsuccessful try on my life and people of my aides whereas figuring out with our beloved youths who had been participating in reputable protest towards the alleged brutality of the now-disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).
My entourage and I had joined protesters from Alekuwodo space to Olaiya Junction chanting solidarity songs and inspiring them alongside the way in which.
Throughout the course of my deal with to the protesters to reiterate our cooperation and help, political thugs hijacked the train and hurled stones and harmful weapons at us and vandalised a number of vehicles in my convoy.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the commando-style with which the assailants carried out their assault leaves nobody doubtful that it was deliberate and pre-planned. Nevertheless, not the real protesters resulted to violence.
And the preliminary investigation additional revealed that no dwell bullet was fired on the rampaging political thugs.
Not even one canister of teargas was fired. Due to this fact, no life was misplaced on the scene of the incident. I used to be correctly evacuated to security.
Regrettably, two lives had been reportedly misplaced. Whereas sympathizing with the households of the diseased, it should nonetheless be famous that one of many mentioned deaths which was attributable to a lone bike accident occurred round 12noon, lengthy earlier than I acquired to the protest floor.
The second loss of life was mentioned to have occurred round Ayepe, about 5 kilometres away from Olaiya the place we held the protest.
I’ve directed that the incidents be correctly investigated with a view to ascertaining the reason for the deaths.
By this week, we will be organising a Judicial Panel of Enquiry in step with the directive of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to analyze all associated circumstances of abuse and brutality by the disbanded SARS. This panel can even be investigating yesterday’s assault.
What occurred on Saturday is objectionable, unacceptable and a blight to the Omoluabi ethos that the State of Osun stands for.
Try on the lifetime of the governor can’t be deliberate by the youths who constituted over 60 per cent of the voters that elected us into workplace and have launched into profitable and peaceable street walks with us a number of instances up to now.
Osun youths who’re the unique #EndSARS protesters have travelled the street of constructing a greater Osun with us and we now have been on the lane of delivering a greater and affluent Osun collectively. This assassination try can’t come from them.
Our Administration had recognized with the youths from Day One of many protest within the perception that protest is a reputable proper of the citizenry and a core element of democracy. On the day one of many protest, Senior Authorities Officers had been on the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park to establish with and later deal with the protesters.
Additionally, Senior Officers of the Authorities addressed them on the Gate of the State Secretariat, Abere, on the fourth day to establish with the protesters, pledged our solidarity to their trigger and promised to ship their calls for to the President. These calls for have since been met by Mr. President.
The protesters had engaged in peaceable demonstration for the primary two days earlier than it was later hijacked within the final 5 days. In truth, we had trigger to lift the alarm final Wednesday to the impact that the protest had been hijacked.
Once more, earlier yesterday, our occasion did increase one other alarm that recognized political thugs had been seen brandishing harmful weapons whereas following the protesters.
It’s unlucky that yesterday’s protest which began peacefully was allowed to degenerate right into a harmful enterprise and an enormous hazard to the lives and properties of the people who we’re known as out to guard. That is unacceptable.
Consequently,as a accountable &responsive govt,we are going to do every part throughout the ambit of the regulation to guard the lives&properties of our individuals.All residents&residents are enjoined to be regulation abiding as any individual discovered contravening the regulation shall be made to face the wrath of the regulation.
We decide to the reason for our youths and the #EndSARS protesters and shall do every part to make sure that their calls for are met.
I enjoin all our residents to be peaceable and to be regulation abiding as all efforts shall be made to guard them and their property.
Relaxation assured that we’re on high of the scenario.We will fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act and produce them to justice.We will not condone any act that may compromise the lives of our individuals & the hard-won rating of our State as probably the most peaceable state in Nigeria.
As a accountable authorities, we are going to do every part in our powers to guard the lives and property of our individuals.
Could God proceed to bless and preserve the State of Osun.