The Lagos State Police Command has kept mum on the murder of Jumoke Oyeleke, the salesgirl who was allegedly killed by a stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos on July 3.
Despite the release of an autopsy report which showed that the victim was killed by a bullet, the police had yet to recant an earlier statement that she was stabbed.
Agitators for the Yoruba Nation gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park at Ojota amid the heavy presence of armed policemen and soldiers on July 3, 2021.
Some of the operatives reportedly fired gunshots, tear gas canisters and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators and journalists shortly after the rally took off.
Jumoke was displaying drinks at her boss’ shop in a compound close to the rally ground when security men chased some agitators onto the premises amid shootings.
She was said to have been hit by a stray bullet, as her corpse was taken away in a police van.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, distanced the police from the killing, saying Jumoke was an abandoned corpse with a stab wound.
But eyewitnesses, who spoke to our correspondent, said a bullet pierced the deceased from the back and came out from her chest.
The victim’s mother told PUNCH Metro that the police threatened to shoot her when she demanded to see her daughter’s corpse.
The Lagos State Government, in a statement, promised to get to the root of the incident and punished culprits.
A post-mortem examination was conducted on the 25-year-old at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, on Monday.
The autopsy report, signed by one Dr S.S. Soyomi of LASUTH, revealed that Jumoke died from a “missile injury to the chest, haemopericardium, and disruption of the heart and lungs.”
Efforts by our correspondent to get the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, and Adejobi, to respond to the development were abortive.
Our correspondent called Adejobi from Monday till Thursday on the case; he did not take his calls or respond to a text message.
The CP was called twice on Wednesday and twice on Thursday by our correspondent; he did not take his calls or respond to a text message sent to his phone.
Meanwhile, a candlelight procession will be held for the victim on Friday.
Her uncle, Wasiu Afolabi, told our correspondent that the programme would be held around 3.30pm in the Ogudu area of the state.
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