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The Lagos state police command has debunked the report that a stray bullet fired by its officer in a bid to disperse the Yoruba Nation agitators killed a 14-year-old girl.
The command in a statement signed by its spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said, “the attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a news making rounds that a 14-year-old girl was hit and killed by police bullet today July 3, 2021, at the venue of the Oodua Republic Mega Rally in Ojota, Lagos
“The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state categorically that it’s a calculated attempt to create confusion and fears in the minds of the good people of Lagos State and the country at large.
“The Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally. The said corpse was found wrapped and abandoned at a distance, far from Ojota venue of the rally, behind MRS Filling Station, inward Maryland, on the other side of the venue, with dried blood stains suggesting that the corpse is not fresh. After a close look at the corpse, a wound suspectedly sustained from a sharp object was seen on it.
“The news is false and mischievous. The Command, therefore, urges the general public to disregard the news and go about their lawful normal daily activities while investigation to unravel the incident will commence immediately.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, therefore commiserates with the family of the found deceased and assures that thorough investigation will be carried out.
“The Command equally wishes to warn against the spread or peddling of fake and unconfirmed stories as such could be dangerous and counterproductive”.
Meanwhile, the victim according to an earlier report by NewsWireNGR was displaying drinks at a shop when the bullet hit her. The bullet was also observed to have ripped open the victim’s stomach.
The Yoruba Nation agitators had defied threats by the Lagos government and Commissioner of Police in the state, relentless Yoruba Nation agitators were unbothered and proceeded with the scheduled rally in Lagos.
The agitators with banners reading “Oduduwa Republic Movement”, “Yoruba Nation”, among others, at Ojota in Lagos, were welcomed by the police with teargas, gunshots, and water cannon.
Nigerian security operatives were deployed en-mass to strategic locations in Lagos state ahead of the Yoruba Nation Rally.