By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Youths on Wednesday defied police threats as they staged a peaceful protest in some major streets in Ibadan.
This is coming on the heels of Oyo State Division of the Nigerian Police warning against the planned protest by the youths to mark the one year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests.
The protesters were, however, monitored by heavily armed policemen and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) who were also stationed at major flashpoints in the city.
The protest which began around 9am from Iwo Road area lasted about three hours as the youths moved in groups to Idi – Ape, Agodi, and down to the state secretariat main gate where they were addressed by the Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, Mr. Sunday Odukoya.
Addressing the protesters, Odukoya appealed to them not to be violent and avoid vandalizing government property
He stated that their demand to release the nine detained youth during the last #EndSARS protests was beyond the powers and scope of the Oyo State government as the matter is before the judiciary, adding that the rule of law must be adhered to.
He, however, advised the protesters to await the outcome of the court which has the final say on the matter.