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On Monday, Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, paid a condolence visit to a teenager’s family, Monsurat Ojuade, fatally shot by a police officer.
Mr. Odumosu named the lucky trigger-officer during his visit while insisting that the deceased has been hit by a stray bullet, a claim rejected by Ms. Ojua’s family.
The deceased’s family lawyer, Samuel Mbaebie, maintained that the 18-year-old “was shot at close range execution-style by the killer police personnel.”
The newspaper reported that after a police raid in Mogaji, Surulere, the teenager was murdered at her compound.
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Oluwatosin Ojuade, the deceased’s elder sister, announced on Sunday that one month after her 18th Anniversary Miss Ojuade was shot.
In a statement by the command’s spokesman, Adekunle Ajisebutu, titled “Lagos CP pays condolence visit to the bereaved family of girl killed by a stray bullet,” the commissioner said the culprit, Samuel Phillips, a sergeant, had been arrested and was currently undergoing orderly room trial.
“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,” the read in part.
According to the statement, Mr. Odomosu expressed regret over the unfortunate incident while he prayed for the repose of the late Miss Ojuade’s soul and also that God grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Mr. Odumosu also reassured that “justice would be served” while he presented a letter of condolence to the bereaved family.
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