The EndSars protest happening in Ilorin has taken the violent dimension as protesters who were conducting themselves in a peaceful and coordinated manner, were ruthlessly attacked by some mobilized thugs within the community.
The protesters were reported to have gathered for a march to the statehouse to voice out their agitations but were ambushed by the said thugs who jumped at the youths and attacked them with various weapons which included cutlasses, sticks, bottles and others.
Many were injured during the attack.
The reason for the coordinated attacks by hoodlums on EndSars protesters across the states is still a puzzle begging for a genius’s solution.
While the protesters were conducting themselves peacefully in all areas they are found, making their grievances known to all that cared to listen, counter agitations have been springing up from unknown elements whose major target has not only been to disrupts the protesters, but to inflict various degrees of injuries on them.
According to a protester in Ilorin (name withheld), “these are thugs sponsored by the state government to silence us through the use of violence. You can see what is happening here. How does a very peaceful protest being carried out warrant attack like this?”
Another protester said, “no matter how hard they tried, this will not deter us from speaking out our minds. They cannot put fear in us to deprive us the opportunity to let the world know what we are going through. SARS was killing us, now the government is sponsoring thugs to kill us”
Just yesterday, two protesters were reportedly killed by hoodlums in Osun State, and the convoy of the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, was attacked by some notorious hoodlums who attempted to obstruct his passageway.
The governor, speaking to a journalist, said, he was very sure that attack on him has nothing to do with the #EndSars protesters as he has observed how peacefully they have conducted themselves overtime. He attributed the attack on his convoy on the plans by some unscrupulous element while calling for a thorough investigation into bringing the masterminds to book.