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Despite police’s denial, autopsy shows girl was shot during Lagos Yoruba Nation rally

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Jumoke Oyeleke, the salesgirl who was allegedly killed by a stray bullet from the police during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos, died from a missile injury, an autopsy report has shown.

According to the report signed by Dr S.S. Soyomi of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, the cause of the 25-year-old’s death was attributed to haemopericardium, disruption of the heart and lungs and missile injury to the chest.

Jumoke was reportedly killed on July 3, 2021 around the time the police were dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators who had come to Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota for their rally.

However, the police denied involvement in the incident, describing the news as “false and mischievous.”

The Lagos State Police Command in a statement by its spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi claimed its men did not use live bullets and that the victim may have died of a wound from a sharp object found on her body.

“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 statement said.

 

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