Suspected thugs clashed with unarmed protesters against police brutality on Thursday in Osogbo, Osun State Capital.
The procession began peacefully, before it was allegedly hijacked by hoodlums, thereby causing traffic gridlock for hours.
A retinue of #End SARS protesters were said to have injured in the melee which caused pandemonium in the City.
TheNewspad reports that #EndSARS campaign has gained momentum across the Country, with protesters blocking major highways as a measure to press home their demands.
Besides, the Inspector-General of police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu on Tuesday, ordered all personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to report to the Force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.
Reacting to the development on Thursday, the Coordinator of Advocacy for Peace in Africa Initiative, Comrade Adebola Ajayi, condemned attempt by some highly placed individuals in the State to silence the voice of reasoning.
“We were taken aback with the treasonable move and anarchical tendencies of those causing public disturbance under the pretext of fighting to end uncivil disposition of a section of the police force.
“The criminal act of maiming and outright intimidation of the general public, to the extent of disrupting economic activities and lawful engagement is nothing but antithetical to every tenet of democracy and popular struggle.
“As a matter of urgency and responsibility, the government of Osun must quickly come to the rescue of the people in the state and stop the seeming madnesses”, Ajayi stated .
Corroborating his views, the Publicity Secretary of Development Advocacy Group (DAG), Comrade Wasiu Ibrahim, expressed displeasure over the sudden turn of event in the state.
He called on the State government to live up to her billing in protection of lives and property and demanded for investigation into the alleged brigandage.
He said:” We are calling on the government of Osun to proactively move and curtail this unpalatable level of brigandage and lawlessness perpetrating by those elements parading themselves as protesters.
“Without mincing words, this is a clear-cut departure from genuine notion of fighting injustice and oppression, it is in itself an epitome of criminality and anarchy, we must not fold our arms and allow our society to be emasculated in this manner under any guise whatsoever”, he quarried.