* Erring policeman , arrested, detained — PPRO
By Evelyn Usman & Mary Benson
A bullet allegedly fired by policemen from the State Criminal Investigation Department , SCID Yaba, Lagos, who were on a raid of criminal hideouts in Ijeshatedo area of Surulere, have killed a 17- year old girl.
Consequently, the deceased, Monsurat Ojuade, who scored over 236 marks in the recently released Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB examination, had her dream of furthering her education in one of the Nigerian universities cut short .
Vanguard gathered that she was closing her mother’s shop located on 53 Mogaji street, along Mosafejo road, ijeshatedo , on Friday night , when she saw some boys running.
Unsure of why they were running, she reportedly joined them and ran inside her parents’ house, closing the gate. But one of the policemen was alleged to have fired a bullet which passed through the gate and hit Monsurat in her laps.
Residents were said to have rushed her to three different hospitals, where she was confirmed dead in one of them. She reportedly died due to loss of blood.
The Policemen as gathered left the scene after the bullet was fired.
Speaking with Vanguard, Councilor representing Ironi ward Surulere, Mr Lanre Oguntoyinbo, described the deceased as his mentee. He disclosed that the incident happened between 11 pm and 11.30pm.
He said, “ She was one of those decent brilliant girls in the community. She usually came to me for advice on her career. She was not one of those girls that frolicked around, nor smoked and drank. She was different. She usually read her books. She was intelligent,respectful, beautiful, brilliant and resourceful. Were were processing her admission.
“ While awaiting her admission into the university, I advised her to go learn how to sew and she was learning Fashion design. In fact, the clothes she wore that Friday morning were sewn by her.
“We want the policemen that visited the area to be brought to book. She never committed any crime. She saw some boys running when some policemen came raiding and she also ran.
“She was not from a very buoyant family but her parents tried their best to ensure they gave her and her two elder sisters the best within their capability.”
Her mother, who is yet to come to terms with the rude shock of her daughter’s demise, reportedly passed out three times since she heard the news.
Late Monsurat who was the third and last child of the house, was said to be her father’s favourite.
An empty shell of a bullet that pierced through late Monsurat laps was reportedly found on the floor.
Erring policeman detained
When contacted, spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Adekunle Adisebutu, disclosed that the policeman that fired the shot had been arrested on the the instruction of the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.
He however, stated that the incident occurred at about 1am, on Saturday.
According to Ajisebutu, “ It has come to the knowledge of the Lagos State Police Command that one Monsurat Ojuade , female , aged 18, was hit by a stray bullet at about 1am on September 11, 2021 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.
“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 shares in this moment of grief.
“This is therefore to inform 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”.