Monsurat Ojuade, an 18-year old girl was killed during a raid by police officers around Ijesha axis, Surulere Lagos.
Tosin Ojuade, one of the deceased’s sisters, said Monsurat and her sister were about to close their mother’s provision shop, which is close to the house when they saw people running helter-skelter.
She said the sisters ran into the house, and while their mother who was washing clothes in the compound wanted to close the gate, a police officer tried to force the gate open from the outside.
She said the mother heard a gunshot, and the bullet pierced through the deceased’s thighs. She was immediately rushed to a private hospital but the Doctors were not available. Eyewitnesses recount that she was later taken to Randle Hospital Surulere, got a brief treatment and transferred to Igbobi Orthopedic Hospital. Unfortunately, the Doctors were on strike and in the process of locating another hospital, Monsurat died.
Police officers on Friday were in pursuit of some criminals in this area. The criminals passed through this street. Everybody was running and that girl and her sister were running from this side of their mother’s shop,” a resident informed The cable in the Yoruba language.
“They were packing wares from their mother’s shop because they wanted to close the shop. As they were running into the compound, the police also ran after them.
“Maybe the police officer thought they were criminals. Their mother was washing clothes somewhere in this compound when they ran inside.”
Adekunle Ajisebutu, Lagos police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, noting that the erring officer has been detained.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.