Police investigation into the loss of life of a younger woman, Jumoke Oyeleke, who died throughout the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos has confirmed that she was hit by a stray bullet.
In a witness assertion obtained by SaharaReporters, the Investigating Police Officer, Onyeisi Chris Nwaolai acknowledged that it has been established that Oyeleke was killed by a stray bullet.
The report contradicted the preliminary declare by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, that Jumoke was deserted after she was stabbed.
Nwaolai, nevertheless, stated it’s not clear who shot on the sufferer however famous that investigation into the case remains to be ongoing.
According to him, a number of the protesters had been arrested with arms and such arms have been despatched to the ballistic division for an intensive investigation.
The witness assertion which was taken on the coroner’s inquest court docket of Lagos state on Monday reads: “I, SP Onyeisi Chris Nwaolai, Male Christian, Nigerian citizen, a police officer attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, M.A.K Smith Street, Yaba, Lagos under the Lagos State Police Command do hereby depose on oath and state as follows:
“That I am the above-named person and the investigating police officer in the case of the death of Miss Jumoke Oyeleke on the 3rd of July 2021 at the Ojota area of Lagos by virtue of which I am very conversant with the issue before this coroner.
“That I was in my office on the 5th July 2021 when the case file was transferred from of Division on the death of the deceased and my Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State CID directed that I take over the file and continue with the investigation of same.
“That about eight people made statements to the police, including the mother of the deceased, Oyeleke Ofeoluwa, her employer, Tosin Oyemade.
“That investigation is still ongoing on the case but so far it has been established that the deceased was hit by a stray bullet from a yet-to-be-identified person.
“That there was a Yoruba nation protest on the 3rd of July, 2021 where there was the presence of security agents to forestall breakdown of law and order.
“That some of the protesters were later arrested with arms and later charged to court. That the head of the police team detailed to maintain peace and order in the area also made a statement.
“That the corpse of the deceased was deposited at the Mainland Yaba Morgue for the purpose of autopsy. That arms recovered from the protesters have also been sent to the ballistic department for a thorough examination.
“That investigation is still ongoing for various reports on examination of an autopsy to enable police to streamline the direction of investigation…”
SaharaReporters had reported that Oyeleke died from a stray bullet fired when safety operatives had been attempting to disperse Yoruba Nation agitators at Ojota, Lagos State, on the stated date.
The younger woman, who was stated to be a yoghurt vendor, was hit by the bullet.
According to an older woman, Jumoke was displaying drinks in her store when the gunshots had been heard and whereas operating, she was hit by the bullet.
She stated, “We were running together, and we got to that spot; that was how the stray bullet hit her. She was beside me.”
On July, 19 SaharaReporters obtained the post-mortem performed on Oyeleke.
According to the post-mortem signed by Dr S.S. Soyemi of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Jumoke’s loss of life was attributable to “Haemopericardium, disruption of the heart and lungs and missile injury to the chest.”
Hemopericardium refers to blood within the pericardial sac of the center. It is clinically just like pericardial effusion, and, relying on the quantity and rapidity with which it develops, might trigger cardiac tamponade.
Agitators for Yoruba self-determination had on July 3 gathered on the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota amid the presence of armed policemen and troopers.
This was after the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had addressed newsmen on the venue, the place he introduced that no rally was allowed within the state.
However, his announcement was put aside by the agitators who displayed their banners and chanted all kinds of slogans to precise their willpower in the direction of the breakaway of the Yoruba Nation from Nigeria.
This displeased the safety operatives on the venue who fired teargas canisters and used water cannons to disperse the group.
This didn’t deter the agitators who returned to their converging level and carried on from the place that they had left off.
Soon after, gunshots may very well be heard from completely different instructions and the protesters scampered to security.
When the state of affairs turned a bit calm, Jumoke, who was stated to be displaying drinks at a store shut by, was seen mendacity in a pool of blood.