Men suspected to be members of National Union of Road Transport workers were brought in a state-owned bus to disrupt the protest at Alausa.
These men were identified to be hoodlums as they were seen wielding cutlasses and axes.
They left a trail of vandalized properties and injured persons in their bid to scare the protesters away.
In a series of footage that made it online, injured protesters could be seen receiving medical attention from healthcare workers.
A witness said that the reason the thugs claimed to attack was, the protest was affecting their own business.
After the ruckus, the #EndSARS protesters regrouped and continued their demonstration after private securities in the form of bouncers were hired to improve the morale of protesters.
Some other reports on social media claims that the state Chairman of the NURTW, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo; a developer, Taoreed Faronbi, aka Baba Alado, are the names behind the attacks on the protesters.
However, MC Oluomo, in a video came out to set things straight.
He said, “I don’t know any of those that went there; I didn’t collect any money to scatter the protest; my sisters and brothers and people that I know have been protesting. I also support the protest.”
Operators of BRT, Primero Transport, also came out to refute the claim that the thugs were brought in in a State-owned vehicle.
Fola Tinubu, head of Primero Transport said, “Many companies own licenses to own BRT buses, so the bus that brought the thugs to the protest ground must have been owned by one of the companies.”
Using his twitter handle, The governor of the state Babajide Sanwo-olu condemned the attacks and assured the protesters that no evil will come to them.
Gbenga Omotoso, the state commissioner for Information and Strategy, also came out to denied any state government involvement with the thugs.
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