Following the Saturday protest at Ojota, Lagos State, a 14-year-old girl, said to be yoghurt hawker, simply identified as Jumoke, has been killed, reportedly by a stray bullet allegedly fired by a security operative, who was dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators.
Viral images on social media show that bullets ripped open the victim’s stomach.
Jumoke was reportedly displaying drinks at a shop when the stray bullet hit her.
Candidreporters.com earlier Yoruba that Nation protesters on Saturday, assembled at the Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, despite the heavy presence of armed policemen and soldiers.
The Lagos State Police Command has debunked the news Report.
The Command, in a statement signed by its Spokesperson Saturday, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, debunked the report describing the news as “false” and “mischievous”
The statement reads:
Re: Alleged Killing of 14 year-old Girl at Oodua Rally in Lagos
The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a news making rounds that a 14 year-old girl was hit and killed by police bullet today 3rd July, 2021 at the venue of the Oodua Republic Mega Rally in Ojota, Lagos.
The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state categorically that it’s a calculated attempt to create confusion and fears in the minds of the good people of Lagos State and the country at large.
The Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally today. The said corpse was found wrapped and abandoned at a distance, far from Ojota venue of the rally, behind MRS Filling Station, inward Maryland, on the other side of the venue, with dried blood stains suggesting that the corpse is not fresh. After a close look at the corpse, a wound suspectedly sustained from a sharp object was seen on it.
The news is false and mischievous. The Command therefore urges the general public to disregard the news and go about their lawful normal daily activities while investigation to unravel the incident will commence immediately. The Commissioner of Police,Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, therefore commiserates with the family of the found deceased and assures that thorough investigation will be carried out.
The Command equally wishes to warn against the spread or peddling of fake and unconfirmed stories as such could be dangerous and counterproductive.
CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI (mnipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE COMMAND
DATED 3RD JULY, 2021.