Two dead as hoodlums attack #ENDSARS protesters in Edo

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At least two persons were confirmed dead when hoodlums attacked #EndSARS protesters at Ring Road, Benin, in Edo State on Friday.

One of the male victims was shot dead while the other was macheted by hoodlums at Ring Road near the palace of the Oba of Benin.

The hoodlums, who stormed the venue of the protest, attacked the protesters with machetes and other weapons.

The protesting youths had converged on Ring Road calling on the government to end impunity and police brutality when hoodlums, who accused the protesters of preventing them from making money from daily issuance of tickets to commercial drivers, swooped on them with guns and machetes.

They dispersed the protesters after killing two of them.

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The determined protesters, who scampered to safety, later massively regrouped and continued moving towards Benin and its environs.

They terminated the protest at Government House in Government Reservation Area (GRA).

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, confirmed the killings without giving the exact number of casualties. He, however, said “lives” were lost.

In a series of tweets after the incident, the governor condemned the attack on #EndSARS protesters.

He said, “I have just learnt that hoodlums have attacked #ENDSARS protesters, who have conducted themselves peacefully in Benin City. I extend condolences to the victims of the attacks, including those who lost their lives and others who were injured by the thugs.

“It is disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people who are expressing genuine concerns over police brutality and intimidation in their own country.

“Thorough investigation would be conducted immediately to fish out the culprits of the attack on peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Benin City, and we would do all possible within the law to ensure those culpable are brought to justice.

“I hereby call on the Edo State Police Command to get out on the streets and provide adequate security for the protesters and ensure that no one is harassed in the course of exercising their rights.”