Ogun State Police Command says no fewer than 23 among #ENDSARS protesters were arrested on Saturday 10th of October 2020 when the protest which was meant to be peaceful turned violent in the state.
The command also said it recovered one pump action, two locally- made pistols, some rounds of ammunition and assorted charms in one of the vehicles with number plate KRD 551GJ, alleged abandoned by the protesters when its operatives turned the heat on them as they attacked SARS office at Magbon.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the protesters who had earlier gathered at Panseke area of Abeokuta at 7am, went on rampage despite advice from the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, and other stakeholders.
He added that the Alake and the paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo also appealed to them when they stormed Ake palace.
He said they had warned the protesters that hoodlums might hijack the protest.
Oyeyemi noted that surprisingly, the protesters later left Ake palace and headed to the palace of Olowu where the traditional festival of Owu Day was ongoing and violently distrupted the ceremony which had the former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the deputy governor Noimot Salako-Oyedele in attendance.
He said the protesters also damaged the back windshield of the deputy governor’s official car before heading to SARS office at Magbon, where they fired some gunshots at the men and injured one sergeant Akabudike Augustine.
Oyeyemi said consequently the men of the outfit dispersed them and subsequently arrested 23 among them.
He said, “Some of their vehicles abandoned at SARS office were recovered and searched.
“Three guns namely; one pump action, two locally-made pistols, some rounds of ammunition and assorted charms were recovered in one of the vehicles with number plate KRD 551GJ.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police has again appealed to parents, guardians, community leaders and other stakeholders to call their children and wards to order “because the command will not fold its arms while hoodlums will be unleashing violence on officers and men for just no reason.”