The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has called for full investigation into the killing of a youth during the “EndSARS” protest in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, on Saturday.
Dare described the death of Isiaka Jimoh and the injuries inflicted on some youths during the protest as sad and regrettable.
The minister, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr John Joshua-Akanji, on Sunday in Abuja, underscored the need to bring to justice all those responsible for the death of the protesting youth.
Dare, who also spoke with Isiaka’s mother on phone, commiserated with her and the entire family, promising that those responsible for his killing would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
He promised to visit the family of the deceased shortly.
Besides, the minister called one of the injured students, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi, who was receiving treatment at the hospital.
The minister pledged to ensure his safety and the payment of his medical bill before his discharge from the hospital.
“The past few days have been troubling. The demands of the youth for an end to SARS and police brutality must be taken seriously.
“Protests are not, in themselves, unlawful but they must be done in a peaceful manner and not allowed to be hijacked by hoodlums.
“Government is committed to a revamp of the system and must be given a chance to do this,” the minister said.
Dare said that the Federal Government was working with relevant stakeholders to reform the police, in line with international best practices.
“There is a renewed commitment at the highest level of government to institute far-reaching reforms that will see a better era of policing.
“Our youths are our greatest resources and we must protect them, and not waste them,” he said.
The minister said that plans were underway for more meetings in Abuja during the week as well as consultations with youth groups towards the start of a dialogue process.