The governor of Nigeria’s Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has escaped what officials call an “assassination attempt” when armed people attacked anti-police brutality protesters in the state capital Osogbo.
Thousands of people especially youths have taken it to the streets across the country. The country has been rocked by more than two weeks of protests against the Special Anti Robbery Squad (Sars) police unit.
After marching with the protesters, the governor was addressing them when shots were fired. Mr. Oyetola was not hurt but some of his aides were wounded.
The government has promised to demobilize Sars but protesters are not satisfied. They have broadened their demands demanding to put an end to corruption and mismanagement in Africa’s biggest oil producer.
The poor governance and bad economic conditions have left many young Nigerians with desolate economic prospects.