Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has relieved experience of what happened to him during the 2014 governoship election.
Recall that during the election which then Ayo Fayose contested with him and he (Fayose) won, Fayemi at that period, cried out that he was manhandled by the police.
Narrating the bitter experience on Sunday with stakeholders on the recent #EndSARS protest, Fayemi said he was brutalised and teargased by police operatives, adding that the unfortunate inviinci brutalized him
According to him, the then Commander Police Mobile Force in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Gabriel Selenkere, materminded the brutalizing, lamenting that APC chieftain, Taiwo Akinsola, died as a result of the scenario.
He said “I am a victim of police brutality myself. You would all recall what happened to me during my election of 2014. But some policemen had also rendered good services to me. So, not all of them are bad,” Fayemi said.
Describing the teeming youths as the engine room of the nation’s development economy, the governor said there was need for government at all levels to partner the youth for sustainable peace and development.
“The EndSARS protest was a noble course. It was supported here in Ekiti, not because of those involved but for the reason behind the action which we believe would help the police to do their job better.
“The youth protest in Ekiti was well intentioned and peaceful. The right to peaceful protest is an inalienable right. For the first time, we have a panel of enquiry at every level of government to tackle our issues. We must not resort to violence as a solution to our agitations. We must all speak in unison against violence as we did in unison against police brutality.
“Our youths are angry because as they were coming out of closure of schools over Coronavirus pandemic. They entered into ASUU strike; then, there is hunger in the land and the harsh economic situation in our country.
“The government has done many intervention programmes, proscribed SARS and introduced Youth Investment Fund and many others as a response to the youth agitations.
“I commiserate with the families of those who paid the supreme price. We identify with them. The panel that we set up will look into the reasons behind the protest and how best to address the issues raised, because the EndSARS protest had placed a moral burden on all of us that we must be vigilant.
“Our police must be motivated to do well. Policemen must be well remunerated. There must be good motivation for the police to be able to discharge their duties effectively,” he said.