The Yoruba nation rally slated for Saturday was still held in Lagos despite warnings from the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu and the heavy presence of armed policemen at the Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, Lagos. Agitators who were not deterred even in the face of seemingly opposing threats, gathered at the park in support for the Oduduwa nation.
However, what looks like a peaceful rally suddenly went awry, when the state Commissioner of Police, abruptly ended an interview session with the press which was becoming rowdy as pockets of protesters inched in on the Lagos State Commissioner and his team. This led to a show of force from the Nigerian police who promptly dispersed agitators with teargas and water cannons. At this point, journalists present at the event, ran for safety as well as protesters who could not hold back their frustrations while also calling for a better Nigeria.
Despite this ugly scene, reports have it that security operatives continued to irritate agitators with rounds of teargas and gun shots which resulted to the death of a 14 year old, yoghurt seller, simply identified as Jumoke.
In response to the alleged killing, the Lagos state police command has denied firing a single live bullet linked to the killing of the 14-year-old girl as widely speculated.
In a statement signed by the state’s command Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos state police force have this to say:
“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a news making rounds that a 14 year-old girl was hit and killed by police bullet today 3rd July, 2021 at the venue of the Oodua Republic Mega Rally in Ojota, Lagos.
“The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state categorically that it’s a calculated attempt to create confusion and fears in the minds of the good people of Lagos State and the country at large.
“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 police command has therefore claimed that “the news (of the killing) is false and mischievous and that “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 statement also revealed that “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 and warn “against the spread or peddling of fake and unconfirmed stories” that could be “dangerous and counterproductive.”