Lagos Gov probes death at Yoruba Nation rally

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The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered an investigation into the killing of Jumoke, the 25-year-old  sales girl killed during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally in Ojota part of the state.

Jumoke Oyeleke was  killed by bullets allegedly fired by a security operative dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators at the rally on Saturday.

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However, the Lagos State Police Command denied killing the girl.

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A statement issued by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said the security and well-being of citizens are of importance to the state government.

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It said: “We commiserate with the family of the deceased. The Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered a thorough investigation of the death. A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested, in line with sections 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, to determine the cause and circumstances of death.

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“By Section 14 (1) (d) of the Coroners’ System Law of the State: ‘A report of death shall be made to any of the agencies for the report of death or the office of the Coroner and be subject to post-mortem examination where there is reasonable cause to believe that the cause of death was: violent, unnatural or suspicious.’

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“Section 15(1) and (9) further enjoins the Coroner to hold an inquest whenever he or she is informed that the death of the deceased person was in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation or believes an inquest is desirable following the report of a reportable death.”

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The state government noted that as a government, the security and well-being of citizens are of utmost importance to it.

It promised that everything will be done to ensure that the cause of death is known.

The findings of this investigation will be made public in due course and appropriate sanctions meted out to anyone found culpable,” the statement added.

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