Story By Akinola Emmanuel
The Oyo state Governor Engineer Oluseyi Makinde has confirmed the death of
Isiaka Jimoh during the ENDSARS rally in Ogbomoso.
Jimoh populaly known as energy was allegedly shot by the police when the
protesters stormed police area command Owode Ogbomoso.
Governor Makinde while confirming the incident via his social.media platform
said “I have received with deep sadness the news of the passing of one of our
children, Jimoh Isiaka, who was shot during the ENDSARS protest in Ogbomoso.
He later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, earlier today.”
“Also , at this same protest, Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi,
and five other persons sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for
“This situation is highly regrettable. I have contacted the Commissioner of
Police, Oyo State, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, and other relevant agencies, and
investigations into what led to the unfortunate incident are still ongoing. I pray
that God grants the parents of Jimoh Isiaka the fortitude to bear this
The ENDSARS protests are a strong indicator of a 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 protest peacefully without fear of being
Again, I express my deepest sympathies to the family of Jimoh Isiaka, may his
soul rest in peace.