The mother of Jumoke, the 14-year-old girl yoghurt seller killed allegedly by a police stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos on Saturday has expressed sorrow over her daughter’s untimely death.
Yoruba Nation agitators had on Saturday gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota despite heavy presence of security operatives for a rally.
Jumoke, who was displaying drinks at a shop in the vicinity of the rally was hit by bullets reportedly fired by a security operative, dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators at Ojota, Lagos State.
Viral images on social media showed that bullets ripped open the victim’s stomach.
Her mother, Ifeoluwa, in a video circulating on social media is seen weeping and calling on the federal government to ensure that justice is served.
She later told the Punch in an interview that the police threatened to shoot her when she demanded her daughter’s corpse.
She said, “I was not at home when the incident happened yesterday (Saturday). I went to work in Ikeja and was called to start coming home. When I got home, I was told that the bullets shot by the police killed my daughter.
“We immediately went to Area H Police Command in Ogudu and they started threatening us that if we stayed long at their entrance, they would shoot us. It was when they saw that we would not retreat that they invited my brothers inside. I have not seen her corpse since yesterday. The police at Area H said it’s not in their custody, that we should go to other stations to check.
“I want the police to release the corpse for burial because we don’t know where they dropped her. The police should speak the truth because she was killed by a bullet. The police lied that it was an abandoned corpse; we both left home around 7.30am yesterday to our different destinations.
“Jumoke is my first child and she was a very healthy and good child; a very hard-working girl that won’t complain if you ask her to do anything. She said she wanted to save money from the job she was doing so she could own her shop and become a better person in life, but that dream has been cut short now.
“I want the state government to fight for me and render whatever help they can to me. It has not been easy since yesterday; it has affected me in every way because she’s the one helping to cater for her siblings.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Olamuyiwa Adejobi, denied that the girl died as a result of the bullets fired by the security operatives.
Adejobi said the corpse was found wrapped and abandoned at a distance, far from Ojota, the venue of the rally, behind MRS Filling Station, with dried blood stains adding that the corpse is not fresh.