The Lagos State Police Command has said its officers should not be held responsible for the death recorded during the Yoruba nation rally in Ojota area of the state.
Newspeakonline had reported the death of a 14-year-old girl after police shot into the air and fired teargas to disperse Yoruba nation agitators at Gani Fawehinmi park in Ojota.
The victim, identified as Jumoke was reported to have died after she was allegedly hit by a stray bullet.
But a statement by the command’s spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, denied reports that the police was responsible for the girl’s death.
He claimed that the girl’s corpse is not fresh, adding that the command did not fire any live bullet during the protest.
“The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state categorically that it’s a calculated attempt to create confusion and fear in the minds of the good people of Lagos State and the country at large.
“The Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally today. The said corpse was found wrapped and abandoned at a distance, far from Ojota venue of the rally, behind MRS Filling Station, inward Maryland, on the other side of the venue, with dried blood stains suggesting that the corpse is not fresh.
“After a close look at the corpse, a wound suspectedly sustained from a sharp object was seen on it,” the PPRO said.
Adejobi said investigation to unravel the incident will commence immediately.
He added that Hakeem Odumosu, the Commissioner of Police, commiserates with the family of the deceased, and gave the assurance that a thorough investigation will be carried out.