By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered an investigation into the killing of a yoghurt seller during the Oodua Republic mega rally in Ojota.
Recall that on Saturday, Jumoke Oyeleke, a teenager, was killed by bullets reportedly fired by a security operative dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators at Ojota, Lagos State.
The stray bullets had penetrated the victim’s stomach and chest area, and the young woman died on the spot.
Police spokesperson in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, had said, “After a close look at the corpse, a wound suspectedly sustained from a sharp object was seen on it. The claim that a police bullet killed the young citizen is false and mischievous.”
A statement issued by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said the security and well-being of citizens are of importance to the government.
Part of the statement read, “We commiserate with the family of the deceased. The governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered a thorough investigation of the death. A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested, in line with sections 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, to determine the cause and circumstances of death.
“By Section 14 (1)(d) of the Coroners’ System Law of the state: “A report of death shall be made to any of the agencies for the report of death or the office of the Coroner and be subject to post-mortem examination where there is reasonable cause to believe that the cause of death was: violent, unnatural or suspicious.
“Section 15(1) and (9) further enjoins the Coroner to hold an inquest whenever he or she is informed that the death of the deceased person was in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation or believes an inquest is desirable following the report of a reportable death.
“As a government, the security and well-being of citizens are of utmost importance to us. The state assures the public that everything will be done to ensure that the cause of death is known. The findings of this investigation will be made public in due course, and appropriate sanctions meted out to anyone found culpable.”