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Salesgirl shot during Yoruba Nation rally buried — but mother too devastated to show up

Salesgirl shot during Yoruba Nation rally buried — but mother too devastated to show up
August 20
16:04 2021

Jumoke Oyeleke, the salesgirl killed by a stray bullet during a Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos, has been buried.

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The 25-year-old salesgirl was buried in Atan Cemetery in Yaba, Lagos, on Friday.

On July 3, agitators for a Yoruba Nation converged on the Ojota area of Lagos to demand an independent state for the south-west region.

TheCable had reported that police shot into the air and used teargas to disperse the crowd.

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During the rally, Jumoke was found dead — but the police denied killing her as alleged by residents.

A coroner’s inquest to investigate the cause of her death commenced on August 9 at the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court, Ogba.

During the sitting, Ifeoluwa Oyeleke, mother of the deceased, broke down in tears while narrating her experience.

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She told the court that her daughter was seven years old when she lost her father and that Jumoke had not spent up to three months in Lagos when she was killed.

Jumoke’s resting place

Speaking with journalists during the burial, Afolabi Wasiu, the deceased’s uncle, said the family is still seeking justice.

He added that the deceased’s mother did not come for the burial because she could not bear the pain.

“She is not feeling happy right now. We cannot bring her here in that state,” he said.

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“But we want justice regarding her death. We want to know who shot the gun. September would have been her birthday celebration and she had a lot of plans for her sibling.”

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