The coroner inquest investigating the cause of death for 25 years old Jumoke Oyeleke, a lady who was shot during Yoruba Nation Rally in Ojota, Lagos, has revealed that the police shot the deceased dead.
This conclusion was reached by the coroner, presided by Mukaila Fadeyi, on Monday at the Magistrate Court in Ogba, Lagos.
Recall that the victim was shot dead on July 3, last year when the police attempted to disperse the peaceful Yoruba Nation rally at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota by firing guns and tear gas canisters into the air.
According to the Coroner, “The only logical conclusion is that the deceased died from a weapon by the Nigerian Police.”
“The deceased deserve our sympathy.”
The coroner also said that there is a need for “training, retraining and reorientation of the police on the right to hold protests especially in a democratic setting.”
He urged the Inspector-General of Police to “fish out the bad eggs and ensure that they are brought to book to forestall further accidental killings.”
He also recommended that the federal government compensate the family of the deceased.
He advised the police authorities to provide mental and medical checkups to their officers to determine their suitability to bear arms.
Mr. Fadeyi stressed that the security operatives deployed to protest grounds should not be given live bullets.
He added that the scene of the incident – Ojota, should “never be cordoned off.”
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