In a response to the command’s statement made available to our corresondent by counsel to the deceased family, Barrister Israel C. Mbaebie on Tuesday morning, which stated categorically and rejected on the side of the police, claimed the deceased was hit by stray bullet.
Barrister Israel Mbaebie stated that deceased was shot close range by a killer police. In the said report, the Police allegedly claimed to have identified and dismissed the UNNAMED killer policeman whose STRAY BULLET KILLED THE LATE MONSURAT and have handed him over for prosecution.
Counsel to the said that at about 23:00 hours 11th September, 2021, the victim and her elder sister, Laide Ojuade were about to close shop which was a stone throw from their family house when they noticed a stampede and immediately closed the shop and ran to their compound.
That as they (Monsurat and Laide) ran and screamed, their mother who was doing some laundries within the compound quickly ran to the gate and barricaded the gate immediately they ran into the compound.
Barrister Mbaebie stated that a police personnel in military fatigues had gone after them in hot pursuit and was banging on the gate shouting I WILL SHOOT
That almost simultaneously, a gunshot rang out hitting and killing the late Monsurat while the Killer Cop walked casually away leaving her to bleed to death.
That it is very disrespectful to the memory of the deceased for the police to attempt at this moment to change the narrative to the effect that the deceased was killed by A STRAY BULLET. THE LATE MONSURAT WAS MURDRED IN COLD BLOOD WITH A CLEAR PREMEDITATION ON THE PART OF THE KILLER POLICE PERSONNEL AND NOT A STRAY BULLET AS BEING PAINTED BY THE POLICE
The statement further said that our clients and nay the whole world at large demand forthwith to know the true identity of the individual who murdered their innocent 18 year old daughter in cold blood. Any other thing to the contrary would be perceived as an attempt at a cover-up on the part of the police and will be totally unacceptable to them.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Police Command had stated the officer who shot an 18-year-old, Miss Monsurat Ojuade admission Seeker on Saturday September 11th in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos had been arrested and detailed, police statement was released on Monday September 13, by the Command’s spoke person, Adekunle Ajisebutu.
According to the statement released by Adekunle Ajisebutu stated, the stray bullet hit the young lady at about 01: 00h when a team of detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti went on investigation activities to effect arrest of a robbery suspect in Ijeshatedo area of the State, the command statement didn’t however mentioned the name, or released picture of the erring officer involved.
But said concerted efforts were made to save the life of the injured victim, she was immediately taken to the hospital for urgent medical attention but later died on the way to the hospital.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, regrets this unfortunate but avoidable incident and sincerely commiserates with the bereaved family in whose pain he shared in this moment of grief.
Odumosu, therefore informed the bereaved family, sympathizers and the general public that the erring Police officer who pulled the trigger has been identified and is currently being detained.
The Commissioner of Police has directed that the said police officer should be tried and charged to court immediately after being dismissed from the Force. This, it is believed, will serve as deterrent to others who do not act professionally in the course of their duties.
This singular sad incident notwithstanding, the Lagos State Police Command SHALL continue to strive vigorously and conscientiously to protect the lives and property of the citizens in the State.
The CP later yesterday visited the bereaved family on Monday September 12th in Lagos and assured them justice would be done, that the case would not be swept under the carpet.