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Stray Bullet Kills Girl, 14, In A Shop Near Yoruba Nation Rally Venue

Yoruba Nation Rally
Jumoke,14, killed by police stray bullet in her shop near the venue of the Yoruba Rally held at Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, Lagos on Saturday

July 03, (THEWILL) – A 14-year-old girl, simply identified as Jumoke, has been killed by bullets reportedly fired by a security operative dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators, who stormed the Gani Fawehinmi Park at Ojota, Lagos State, for their planned mega rally.

THEWILL gathered that the bullet,  allegedly fired by the police ripped open the victim’s stomach.

She was reportedly displaying drinks at a shop when the bullet hit her.

THEWILL had reported that despite the heavy presence of armed policemen and soldiers around the Gani Fawehinmi Park, the Yoruba Nation agitators stormed the venue when the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, was addressing newsmen.

The agitators  had regrouped after security operatives dispersed them with water canon and teargas canisters.

Chanting different songs of freedom and flying flags, the protesters said the nation is bleeding and they need Oodua Nation.

They insist that their rallies are peaceful and had taken place in other South-Western states before Lagos State.

Some of the agitators, who spoke to newsmen, said it was time to have a separate nation for the Yoruba ethnic group because they don’t have anything in common with the other ethnic groups in Nigeria.

“We are not fighting with anyone, we just want Yoruba nation now. Give us our own nation, Nigeria is not working anymore,” one of the agitators said.

Meanwhile, the State Police boss, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while addressing newsmen at the venue of the Mega rally, explained that  the heavy presence of security operatives is the state’s way of being security-conscious.

He explained: “We are just being security conscious and proactive. Recall that on Thursday, I listed reasons why this rally must not hold.

“We learnt that some miscreants have perfected plans to seize the opportunity to cause mayhem in the society.

“Though the organisers of the rally made frantic efforts to say it will go peaceful, you and I know what happened during #EndSARS protests. EndSARS started peacefully but up till now, Lagos State has not been able to get out of the destruction that happened during the EndSARS.”

Odumosu said, many police stations were burnt down with officers’ lives lost during the protest of October 2020, adding that, the state won’t allow a repeat of such incident.