Yoruba Nation rally: Lagos orders probe into salesgirl’s killing

Jumoke's remains

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered investigation into the killing of Jumoke Oyeleke, a salesgirl killed by a stray-bullet from the gunshot of police during a rally by Yoruba Nation agitators.

The shop where Jumoke worked is a stone’s throw from Gani Fawehinmi Park, venue of the rally which was a dingdong as police dispersed the agitators with gunshots, hot water cannon and teargas.

Melee of people including the protesters took flight but at the end of the day, Jumoke was found dead allegedly with gunshot wound.

However, the police disputed claim that their gunshot fell her. Instead, they were of the argument that the wound on her body was not fresh and was that of a sharp object and not gun.

In any case, the Lagos government via a statement the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo released, said Gov. Sanwo-Olu has ordered probe to unravel the cause of her death.

The statement read in part: “Government’s attention has been drawn to the death of a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday, 3rd of July, 2021.

“We commiserate with the family of the deceased. The Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered a thorough investigation of the death. A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested, in line with section 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, to determine the cause and circumstances of death.

“By Section 14 (1)(d) of the Coroners’ System Law of the State: “A report of death shall be made to any of the agencies for the report of death or the office of the Coroner and be subject to post-mortem examination where there is reasonable cause to believe that the cause of death was: violent, unnatural or suspicious.”

“Section 15(1) and (9) further enjoins the Coroner to hold an inquest whenever he or she is informed that the death of the deceased person was in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation or believes an inquest is desirable following the report of a reportable death.”

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