Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Three protesters killed in EndSARS protests in Edo and Ondo states

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No fewer than three persons were feared killed in Edo and Ondo states when hoodlums attacked #EndSARS protesters demonstrating against police brutality in the country.

In Edo State, apart from the two persons killed when hoodlums attacked the protesters at Ring Road in Benin City, some others sustained varying degrees of gunshot injuries.

One of the deceased persons, identified as Ikpomwosa, sustained several machet cuts before he eventually died.

The other person was said to have been taken away from the scene of the attack by friends.

The hoodlums, clad in red T-shirts, were said to have suddenly appeared with guns, cutlasses and other weapons to attack them.

Some of those who had gunshot injuries in the attack were rushed to the nearby Central Hospital, while the body of Ikpomwosa was conveyed in an ambulance and taken to the Government House.

The protesters later regrouped after the hoodlums had been chased away.

A 60-year-old protester, Victoria Nkechi, said she came out to support the youths in their protest for good governance.

In Ondo State, tragedy hit the protest in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday evening when a car rammed into the protesters, killing one person and injuring three others.

It was gathered that the incident, which happened in front of the Government House Alagbaka Akure involved a Toyota Camry and two commercial motorcycles.

An eyewitness said the driver of the vehicle lost control of the car and hit the two motorcycles which hit the protesters.

One of the victims was said to have died on the spot while others were rushed to the hospital.

Meanwhile, motorists and commuters in different parts of the country were stranded on Friday as the protesters blocked major roads.

At the Arepo-Magboro end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the protesters, in their hundreds, carried various placards as they blocked the movement of vehicles on both sides of the busy expressway, leaving many motorists stranded for hours.

Also, the #EndSARS protesters on Friday defied the Federal Capital Territory Minister’s directive banning protests in the FCT as they shut down the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road, Abuja.

The mammoth crowd massed at the city gate causing a serious traffic gridlock on the busy highway, which was said to have prevented some travelers from accessing the airport on time to board their flights.