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We do not shoot EndSARS protesters in Ogbomoso – Police

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The Oyo State Police Command has discredited reports of shooting at EndSARS protesters in Ogbomoso by its staff.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that some youths on Saturday stormed the main streets of Ogbomoso to demand the banning of the Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), an arm of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

The police reportedly shot one of the protesters in the process.

A witness told NAN that the victim was shot in the leg by the police when the protesters arrived at the Owode Police Station in Ogbomoso.

The witness said the man was shot as police officers tried to make sure the station was not attacked by protesters.

It added that the victim had been rushed to an undisclosed hospital in the city.

However, the command’s public relations officer, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, in a statement released in Ibadan on Saturday, said that the police did not fire a single shot at any protesters.

Fadeyi said the protesters were allowed to voice their complaints for more than an hour.

“According to the information I obtained from the officers monitoring the protest, the police did not shoot anyone.

“The protesters were allowed more than an hour to make their protest and voice their complaints until some of them wanted to enter the police station by force with a view to attacking it.

“The police only fired tear gas to disperse the protesters; they did not shoot anyone as widely reported, “Fadeyi said.

[NAN]

Vanguard News Nigeria.

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