By our reporter| At least two persons were killed o Friday following an attack on #EndSARS protesters by hoodlums at Ring Road, Benin, Edo State.
The protesting youths who were calling on government to end police brutality and impunity were attacked by hoodlums, who stormed the venue of the protest, and attacked the protesters with machetes and other weapons.
According to sources who witnessed the attack, some of the attackers, who sell tickets, at the Ring Road motor park, were angered by low patronage as a result of the weeklong protest began in the state.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, who confirmed the killings without giving the exact number of casualties,in a series of tweets, disclosws that “lives” were lost.
Obaseki also 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.”