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Court heeds Makinde’s prayer, frees Ogbomoso EndSars Protesters

Six suspects arrested in connection with the crisis which trailed the protest against police brutality at Ogbomoso have been freed by the court as prayed by Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde.

The protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) recently led to vandalization of the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade while the six suspects were apprehended by the police as being part of those responsible for the attack on the palace.

The suspects include Olaoluwa Busayo, Olagoke David, Olusola Matthew, Amole Adebayo, Adedokun Segun and Ganiyu Saheed.

This is contained in a statement by the Director Public Prosecution, Mr. Nathaniel Okeniyi State Ministry of Justice, titled ‘Re-unconditional Release of the 6 Suspects Arrested In Ogbomoso in Connection with Ongoing National Protest.

The statement notes that the release was in connection with the promise made by Governor Seyi Makinde at Ogbomoso to effect the release of the suspects arrested in connection with the protest, 

It explains that the Chief Magistrate Court 2, Iyaganku Ibadan, on application of Attorney General has discharged and withdrawn the charge filled against the suspects forthwith.

It would be recalled that governor Seyi Makinde gave his support to peaceful protest which he said was borne out of high level of youths’ unemployment and poverty in the land.

The governor also had earlier called on the police to take the back sit in the protest while the men of ‘Operation Burst’ should give the protesters adequate protection and avert its being hijacked by hoodlums.

Iyabo Adebisi

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