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Police brutality: Her blood is crying for revenge – Mother of slain girl mourns bitterly

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The mother of the young lady who was reportedly shot and killed by officers of the Nigerian Police Force has bemoaned the inhuman act against her child.

She fumed that justice must prevail on the matter as “the blood of her daughter is crying for revenge.”

The deceased, Ada Ifeanyi, had on Friday, went out to party with her friends. On their way back, her friends ignored calls by the officers to stop their car because they had no form of identification on them.

The ensuing chase soon led to the point where the officers, namely, Inspector Adamu Usman, Sergeant Adeyeye Adeoye, Sergeant Kashim Tijani, Sergeant Lucky Akigbe and Sergeant Paul Adeoye, began to shoot sporadically at them, leading to Ada’s death.

Meanwhile, her friend, Emmanuel, is still battling for survival after sustaining gunshot injuries on his head.

While expressing her frustration, Ada’s mother who has been identified as Mercy John, lamented that justice must prevail on the matter as the officers’ actions were despicable.

Police brutality: Her blood is crying for revenge – Mother of slain girl mourns bitterly

Mercy said, “My daughter is no more because of the useless police we have in this country; they shot my daughter dead.

“I was called around 7 am that my daughter had been shot and I said I was coming, because where I was far; and when I came, I was not allowed to see my daughter. I was told to wait until her father came. I was still not allowed to see her corpse until I argued that I couldn’t sit without seeing my daughter dead or alive. That was when I was allowed to see her.

“My daughter was not a criminal; the killers will pay dearly for this, because I can’t take it; I can’t stand it and I cannot allow it to go like that.

“The blood of that girl is crying for revenge, because she was just an innocent child that knew nothing. The blood of my daughter will not go just like that; I want justice for her; that is what the family wants. Those policemen need to be arrested, they need to go down.”

She further explained that the last time she conversed with her daughter was on Friday, when she informed her that she would pay her a visit during the Easter break.

The Lagos State Police command, through its Public Relations Officer,  has since released a statement concerning the incident, stating that five out of the six officers involved had been arrested while there is an ongoing manhunt for the sixth person.

The statement read:

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Zubairu Mu’azu, has ordered the immediate arrest and detention of the police officers suspected to be involved in the shooting of Ada Ifeanyi, 20, of No 4b Amusa Lane, off Ojo Road Ajegunle, and Emmanuel Akomafuwa, 32, of No. 52 Babatunde Street, Olodi Apapa, at Akpiri Street, Olodi Apapa. The incident happened on Saturday, April 13, 2019, around 7am.

“The victims were rushed to hospital and Ada Ifeanyi was confirmed dead, while Emmanuel Akomafuwa is currently on admission receiving treatment from the injury he sustained as a result of the shooting. Members of the team suspected to be involved in the shooting were from the Trinity Police Station and are currently facing internal disciplinary proceedings at the command’s headquarters, Ikeja.

“Their rifles have been retrieved for forensic analysis by ballisticians. If found wanting, they will be prosecuted in conventional court for murder. The policemen arrested are Inspector Adamu Usman, Sergeant Adeyeye Adeoye, Sergeant Kashim Tijani, Sergeant Lucky Akigbe and Sergeant Paul Adeoye, while Inspector Dania Ojo, who escaped immediately after the shooting, has been declared wanted by the command.”

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