In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 22nd, October, 2020

Revealed! How Police Deserted Governor Oyetola Throughout ‘Assassination Try’ In Osun

Revealed! How Police Abandoned Governor Oyetola During ‘Assassination Attempt’ In Osun

Gboyega Oyetola

Oyetola earlier than the incident

Sources have instructed TheCable that officers of the Nigeria Police Drive deserted the Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola and failed to supply cowl for him when he was attacked by a mob on Saturday.

The governor was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital, when stones and totally different objects had been thrown in direction of his route and he was instantly escorted to his automotive.

Because the governor’s convoy discovered its manner out of the protest floor, some younger males with harmful weapons descended on the vehicles however Oyetola and members of his cupboard managed to flee.

Earlier than the incident, the governor marched with the protesters from the Alekuwodo space of the state capital to Olaiya junction, nonetheless in Osogbo, chanting solidarity songs with them.

He was addressing the group when the scenario acquired out of hand.

Sources throughout the governor’s workplace mentioned a deputy commissioner of police (DCP) within the state had assured Oyetola of enough safety earlier than he met with the protesters.

Based on the sources, it was based mostly on the police assurance that the governor proceeded with the transfer.

“Earlier than we left for the venue of the protest,  the Osun police commissioner, by way of his consultant, inspired Mr. Governor to go and deal with the protesters, promising to supply cowl for him. That I can verify,” one of many sources mentioned.

“However surprisingly, the police didn’t deploy sufficient officers to a protest of that magnitude. We didn’t see the police cowl when the disaster broke out. The governor was virtually uncovered to hazard.”

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One other supply mentioned the police gave Oyetola two choices concerning the protest.

“The DCP who met with Mr Governor mentioned he might both meet with the protesters on the authorities home or deal with them on the protest floor,” the supply mentioned.

“He assured him that enough safety preparations had been made and issues had been underneath management. However when the disaster broke out even the DCP was nowhere to be discovered.”

However Yemisi Opalola, police public relations officer (PPRO) within the state, countered the data that the police didn’t present cowl for Oyetola.

“That’s not true. How was the governor moved to security if the police didn’t present cowl? How was he capable of escape from that place? Who evacuated him? Was it not the police?”
she instructed TheCable over the cellphone.

Requested to touch upon Opalola’s declare, one of many sources mentioned: “Please ask the PPRO who is clearly attempting to defend her job if anybody was arrested over the try on the governor’s life. Up until now, not one particular person has been arrested.

“She is just not saying the reality. Movies of the incident are out on social media. Please verify should you’ll discover policemen across the governor. It was his safety aides who rescued him. The police deserted the governor when it mattered most.”

When TheCable contacted Ismail Omipidan, chief press secretary to the governor, he merely mentioned: “There have been safety lapses however now we have gone previous that stage now. My principal escaped unharmed and nobody was killed on the protest floor. We’re grateful to God for that.”

In a statewide broadcast in the future after the assault, the governor blamed the incident on “political thugs”, saying younger individuals who voted him into workplace couldn’t have turned in opposition to him.

“What occurred on Saturday is objectionable, unacceptable and a blight to the Omoluabi ethos that the state of Osun stands for. Osun youths who’re the unique #EndSARS protesters… this assassination try couldn’t have come from them. The protesters engaged in peaceable demonstration for the primary two days earlier than it was later hijacked within the final 5 days,”
he had mentioned.

Oyetola , who mentioned authorities was on prime of the scenario, added that the perpetrators of the dastardly act can be dropped at justice.


Supply: TheCable

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