Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Information National Orientation Ethics and Values, Olusegun Odebunmi has condemned the killing of Jimoh Isiaka and the subsequent attack on Ogbomosho’s palace during the EndSARS protest in the town.
Mr Odebunmi, in a statement, described both incidences as needless and avoidable.
He reiterated the people’s Constitutional right to Assembly, peaceful protest, and freedom of speech adding that the police attack and use of fire arms on innocent protesters, who had been legitimately grieved by the excesses of some of their men as shameful and unprofessional.
The Lawmaker charged the police hierarchy to commence an immediate investigation into the death of Jimoh Isiaka and others who have been confirmed to have lost their lives in the crises, as well as several other extrajudicial killings across the country and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
“to protest injustices is the foundation of all democracies. It is better to protest than accept injustices. Those who engage in non-violent direct action are not the creators of tension. They merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive”. He said.
Mr Odebunmi, also commiserated with the Soun of Ogbomosho. Oba Oladunni Oyewunmi on the destruction of his palace, saying that while peaceful protests are allowed in all fledging democracies, muggers, hoodlums and criminals must be prevented from taking advantage of any protest.
He also insisted that the incident must be thoroughly investigated by appropriate authorities in order to bring the perpetrators to book.