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Oyo LG poll: Family of slain 18-year-old student cries for justice



Oyo LG poll: Family of slain 18-year-old student cries for justice

The distraught family of an 18-year-old student, Lateefat Kofoworola Abubakar, who was shot in Ibadan during last Saturday’s Oyo State Local Government election, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other well-meaning Nigerians to help uncover the killer of its daughter and bring him to justice.


Lateefat was allegedly shot in the head by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at Idi-Oro, Dugbe area of Ibadan while the May 13 local government election was ongoing. Lateefat, who left her house within the neighbourhood to get drugs at a pharmacy, was hit by the bullet from the NSCDC official who was about to apprehend  a  man, who was running into the compound.


She had just finished sitting for her WAEC examination two days before the sad incident.


The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, had on Saturday reacted to the incident, confirming that the NSCDC official had been arrested and taken to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Iyaganku for investigation.


He said the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, “had directed the State Investigations and Intelligence Department, Iyaganku to carry out diligent investigation into the incident”.


Investigation revealed that the deceased was hit by the bullet as the security men patrolling the metropolis during the election ran into a rowdy scene where there was a fracas between two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area.



According to residents of the area, immediately Lateefat fell and blood started gushing from her head, the officials fled.


Lateefat’s elder sister, Gbemisola, who addressed journalists in Ibadan yesterday, said the family wanted justice for her sister since the NSCDC official had claimed that the shot was fired when he lost his foothold while coming down from their vehicle. She said: “We pray to Allah to grant my sister Aljanah Firdaus, but all we seek from the government is justice.”


Lateefat’s family had visited the suspect in his custody where he allegedly told them he lost his step and the trigger went off. “What he (the suspect) told us is pure lie.


How can a security person who has common sense say gun triggered itself while he was coming down from the vehicle?” Gbemisola said. Reacting to the state government’s statement that Lateefat was shot by a member of rival cult groups that engaged themselves during the election, and that the government had paid condolence visit to the family, her father, Kolawole Abubakar, said that the news was untrue. He said: “The governor did not visit our family as the news had it.”

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