Six suspects arrested in connection with the crisis that visited the protest against police brutality at Ogbomoso recently have been freed by the court as prayed by the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
The suspects were Olaoluwa Busayo, Olagoke David, Olusola Matthew, Amole Adebayo, Adedokun Segun and Ganiyu Saheed.
The protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad had led to the vandalization of the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade, on October 10, 2020, while the six suspects were apprehended by the police as being part of those responsible for the attack on the palace.
A statement by the State Ministry of Justice signed by the Director Public Prosecution, Nathaniel Okeniyi, on Tuesday said: “Sequel to the promise of his Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde at Ogbomoso to effect the release of the suspects arrested in connection with the protest, today, being 19th October, 2020, the Chief Magistrate Court 2, Iyaganku Ibadan, on application of Attorney General has discharged and withdrawn the charge filed against the suspects forthwith.”
Recall that Makinde gave his support to the peaceful protest which he said was borne out of high level of youths’ unemployment and poverty in the land.
He called on the police to take the back sit in the protest while the men of Operation Burst should give the protesters adequate protection and avert its being hijacked by hoodlums.