Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Saturday griefed over the death of Jimoh Isiaka, who was shot during the #EndSARS protest in Ogbomoso.
Isiaka later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, earlier on Saturday.
Also, at this same protest, Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi, and five other persons sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Makinde described the death of the youthful Isiaka as regrettable, adding that he had already contacted the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, and other relevant agencies, to immediately commence the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.
“The #ENDSARS protests are a strong indicator of systemic failure. It is a failure on the part of those who have been constitutionally empowered to protect the citizens. It again calls into question why State Governors are called Chief Security Officers of their state whereas, they do not have the necessary powers to control the police force.
“I will be paying a personal visit to the family of Jimoh Isiaka and I promise to pursue the investigations to a logical conclusion.
“Peaceful protests are a big part of our democratic process. The right to freedom of speech and assembly are guaranteed by our Constitution, and I will never support any attempt to rob citizens of their fundamental human rights.
“I call on all residents of Oyo State to please remain calm. I also call on the Police to allow residents of Oyo State to protest peacefully without fear of being assaulted”, he said.