Tearful procession, tributes for lady hit by stray bullets during Lagos ‘Yoruba Nation’ rally

By Alao Abiodun

It was an evening of tears and tributes for family members and sympathisers on Friday in the Ojota area of Lagos during a candlelight procession in honour of Jumoke Oyeleke.

The Nation reports Oyeleke, a 25-year-old sales lady was hit by stray bullets after police allegedly shots to disperse agitators of ‘Yoruba nation’ rally on July 3.

She was found dead in a pool of her blood.

But the police denied responsibility for her death, saying its officers never fired a “single live bullet” at the rally.

The Nation reports Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered investigation into her death.

One of the family’s legal counsels, Taiwo Olawanle, confirmed there would be an inaugural sitting of the coroner inquest ordered by Sanwo-Olu to investigate the incident.

The sitting holds on August 2, at Court 13, Magistrate, Ogba, Ikeja.

In the procession in a hotel, the deceased’s three siblings, tearfully described her as financial backbone of the family.

Family members and friends, holding lighted candles, sang sorrowful and solemn songs in her remembrance.

An activist, Oni Ayoyinka said: “We are saddened by this sudden loss. We need to honour the dead and ensure we get justice but we all know the country we are in. Let’s be patient and show our grievances.”


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