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ENDSARS Protest Shuts Down Osogbo

Commercial activities in major parts of Osogbo and Ile-Ife cities in Osun state were today paralysed as Nigerian youths protesting Police brutality occupied the streets.

They turned the #EndSARS protest into carnival of sort as they danced. Despite the rain, the protesters stood their grounds and continued their protest.

The protesters, in their hundreds, took over the popular Olaiya junction, the heart of Osogbo in Osun state and mounted large speakers while a disc jockey was dazzling them with assorted songs.

Amid chants of #ENDSARSNOW, the protesters engaged themselves in a dancing competition for fun. This development attracted passersby who crowded the protest area to feed their eyes.

While the dancing and jubilation were ongoing, another group of youths stormed the scene and started chanting anti-government songs.

They called for a total reform of the Police Force and that the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, should go beyond it’s announcement.

As at 3:40pm, there was no sight of any security agency at the scenes of the protest.

Also in Ile-Ife, the protesters took to some popular areas including the ever-busy Ori-Olokun round about, Mayfair causing gridlock as commuters and motorists were stranded.

Speaking, one of the protesters, Mr Oluwaseun Farombi said that the announcement made by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu could not be believed.

Mr. Farombi added that the IG was just deceiving Nigerians and noted that nothing tangible would come out of the dissolution.

The protesters said they would continue their peaceful protest until government was practical in reforming the Police Force.

Adenitan Akinola

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