The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Monday, paid a condolence visit to the bereaved family of the late Monsurat Ojuade who was shot dead at Ijeshatedo, Surulere, by a police sergeant attached to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
The CP also assured the family that the culprit, one Sgt. Samuel Phillips, had been arrested and was currently undergoing orderly room trial.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, made this known in a statement titled, ‘Lagos CP Pays Condolence Visit To Bereaved Family Of Girl Killed By Stray Bullet’.
According to the PPRO, Odumosu presented a letter of condolence to the bereaved family and reassured them that justice would be served on the matter.
“Accompanied by top members of the Lagos State Police Command’s Management Team and other senior Police Officers, the Commissioner of Police expressed, on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, psc(+), fdc, NPM; officers and men of the Command, his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
“While expressing regret over the unfortunate incident, the CP prayed for the repose of Monsurat’s soul, and also prayed that God grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the great loss.
Odumosu (with face shield) at the residence of the grieving family on Monday
“Presenting a letter of condolence to the family, the Commissioner of Police also reassured them that justice would be served, disclosing that the culprit, Sgt. Samuel Phillips had been arrested, and was currently undergoing orderly room trial,” the statement partly read.
It was gathered that Monsurat was the third of three female children and filled Mass Communication and Accounting as her first and second choices in her UTME form.
The incident had happened around 11.30pm on Friday in the Surulere area of the state.
The victim was said to be in front of her parents’ house on Mogaji Street, Ijesha, Surulere, when some anti-robbery officers from the SCIID stormed the community.
A community leader, Onikeku Adedayo, had said that one of the cops approached him and demanded what he was doing outside by that time.
“I told him that I was in front of my house and I am a community leader. He said it was too late and I should go inside. I and a few others around me left. Not less than three minutes later, I heard a gunshot. I heard her sister scream that she had been shot. The policemen fled the scene immediately,” he had added.
Adedayo had also said the victim was hit by a bullet that penetrated her two thighs, adding that she was immediately drenched in blood.
He had explained that Monsura was rushed to a private hospital in the community, where she was rejected before she was later taken to the Randle General Hospital, where she was given first aid.
“By that time, she had collapsed and could not talk. The hospital placed her on oxygen and tried to stop the bleeding. They said they could not continue the treatment because her bones had been shattered by the bullet and she needed orthopaedic treatment.
“We were referred to either Igbobi Orthopaedic Hospital or Gbagada General Hospital. When we got to Igbobi, she was almost gone and we decided to take her to a private hospital, where she was confirmed dead. Although she was confirmed dead around 1.30am on Saturday, I believe that she died within 30 minutes of the shooting,” Adedayo added.
Her remains were said to have been deposited in the Military Hospital morgue, Yaba.
Despite the outrage that accompanied the #EndSARS protests in October 2020, extrajudicial killings by policemen seem to know no end.
Just on July 3, 2021, policemen chasing Yoruba Nation protesters at a rally in Lagos allegedly shot dead a 25-year-old salesgirl, Jumoke Oyeleke.
Jumoke was displaying soft drinks at her boss’ shop in a compound close to the rally ground when security men chased some demonstrators into the premises and shot at her and others.