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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Stray Bullet Kills Teenage Girl As Yoruba Nation Rally Turns Rowdy In Lagos


... Nobody Was Killed By Stray Bullet, No Single Live Bullet Fired  - CSP Adejobi, Spokesman,  Lagos State Police Command 




By Taiwo Adisa, Lagos

Ojota  - Lagos rally organised by the Yoruba nation agitators took place on Saturday despite threats by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to deal with the agitators and  rally organisers.

The rally which began few minutes after 11: o'clock in the morning today peacefully at the Gani Fawwhinmi Park, Ojota, their meeting point, soon turned rowdy even as armed security operatives fired teargas to disperse them. 

The agitators were chanting different kinds of freedom songs, including, “No going back,” “We want Oodua Nation,” among others.

A new dimension crept into the rally at noon time with traditionalists - males and females, dressed in white clothes also stormed the rally ground to swell the ranks of the agitators, buoying them up to boldly chant :“No going back,” “We want Oodua Nation."
 
Some of the agitators said it was time to have a separate nation or republic for the Yoruba ethnic group because they don’t have anything in common with the other ethnic groups in Nigeria.

However,  a chaotic situation also ensued as a teenage yoghurt seller, identified as Jumoke, slumped to the ground and died after stray bullets reportedly fired by a security operative struck her.  She is said to be 14 years old. 

The bullets caught her at the abdominal region while trying to display the drinks at a shop.

The bullets ripped open the victim’s stomach. Sympathizers covered her remains with a piece of cloth as a crowd gathered at the spot.

Some of the agitators were arrested.

But the Lagos State  Police Command said  the alleged Killing of a 14 year-old girl at the Yoruba nation / Oodua Rally in Lagos is false. 

The Command's Spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, debunked the news saying operatives of the Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally.

 Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP) explained that the said 14 - year old girl was that of a corpse 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.

He said there traces of dried blood stains on her body suggesting that the corpse was not fresh, stressing that after a close examination,  a wound suspectedly sustained from a sharp object was seen on it. 

Adejobi said: "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."

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