Barely 24 hours after the police allegedly killed a youth identified as Isiaka Jimoh during the #EndSARS protest in Ogbomoso, irate youths protested and attacked the palace of the first class monarch of the town, Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade and in the process vandalised some properties.
According to Oyo Reporters, the youths, protesting against Jimoh’s killing, arrived at the palace during a meeting that had the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ogbomoso North Zone, Rev. Tayo Adeyanju, and other leaders of thought in attendance.
Properties worth several millions of naira were said to have been destroyed in the palace as the angry mob broke into the living room and adjoining rooms in the palace.
The mob was said to have been hauling stones at those in the palace.
The palace’s spokesman, Mr Toyin Ajamu, said: “We had been trying to appease the protesters since morning. The protesters, who introduced themselves as students, came to the palace yesterday (Saturday) on the #EndSARS rally and we addressed them. We learnt that one person died in the process.”
On how the kabiyesi escaped the attack, Ajamu said: “Today, some of the aggrieved youths set burn fire at various junction leading to the police station.
“To prevent the matter from degenerating, Kabiyesi directed some of his chiefs to appease the protesters but they started stoning whoever came their way and threw tyres into the station.
“The Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare visited the palace shortly before the attack on the palace while returning from the visit to the family of the deceased. They shattered windscreens of vehicles in the palace, vandalised the palace and burnt down a motorcycle.
“We were only saved because there was burglar proofs on the windows. Nobody was injured but about 10 vehicles were vandalised, including the vehicle of Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ogbomoso North Zone, Rev. Tayo Adeyanju. The police were running for their life so they couldn’t respond on time.
“Luckily, Kabiyesi escaped because the meeting was being held at the dinning section and not the sitting room. The protesters were not able to get to where the meeting was being held.”