Yoruba Nation: Police Threatened To Shoot Me When I Demanded My 14-Year-Old Daughter’s Corpse – Victim’s Widowed Mother

July 4, 2021
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Ifeoluwa Oyeleke, the mother of Jumoke Monsurat Oyeleke, a 14-year-old girl who was slain during the Yoruba Nation march in Lagos on Saturday, claims she has yet to see her child’s body.

She claimed that when she and her brother went to the police station where her body was thought to be kept, the officers on duty threatened to shoot her and her brother in the legs if they didn’t leave right away.

She went on to say that the cops threatened them with a teargas canister. She did not, however, specify which police station they had attended.

The bereaved mother of four further said that the fatality was her firstborn kid.

Jumoke’s body was found sprawled on the ground in a pool of blood, with her stomach ripped apart. This was shortly after policemen had opened fire to disperse those at the rally who were agitating for a separate nation for the Yoruba nation.

The police have, however, denied playing any part in Jumoke’s death, saying that the blood found around her corpse was dry, and that it was an indication that the body was not fresh.

When visited the mother of the deceased girl on Sunday evening, she was barely audible as she narrated her relationship with her late daughter and other issues surrounding their family.

When she found the courage to speak, Ifeoluwa said, “I got a call while I was in Ikeja where I had gone to work.

“When I asked to know what it was about, I was told that there was no issue but that my presence was needed at home.

“It was when I got home that I learnt of what had happened. I was told that the bullet shot by the police killed my daughter.”

Ifeoluwa stated that she had yet to see the corpse of her daughter since she got the news of her death yesterday.

“They’ve not released her corpse to us. I and my brother, under last night’s rain, got there, but were not allowed in. We heard them saying that if we stayed too long, they will shoot our legs and fire a teargas canister at us.

“After a while, my brother discussed with them and they allowed us in to see their Area Commander who said he heard that shots were fired but that he didn’t know which station the officers behind it came from. “

“He said this could be determined when the extracted bullet is examined.”

When asked if the police had told her anything about her daughter’s corpse, she said no, adding that she didn’t know where they took it to.

She stated that she would love to have a lawyer who would help her seek justice concerning the death of her daughter.

Speaking further, Ifeoluwa revealed that Jumoke was an apprentice at an ice cream shop and had just concluded Junior Secondary School education.

“She usually sat in the shop and never hawked.

“She had three siblings who are all girls. Her dad is dead,” she said; adding, “Jumoke was a good girl who hardly got annoyed; she was hard working.

“Anyone who can rise to our defence should please do,” she pleaded.

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