A stray bullet has hit a lady hawking soft drinks at the Yoruba nation rally in Lagos.
The lady, identified simply as Jumoke, was hit in the back and her lifeless body taken away by the police.
A witness said the lady and others were running when police started firing into the air. Witnesses believe the woman was hit by the police bullet as there was no other record of any other person or group firing shots at the scene.
“She was hit at the back and it (bullet) came out of her tummy, inside the compound. We brought her corpse out,” the witness said.
The lady’s boss, who identified herself as Tosin Oyemade, said the hawker was 24 years old.
Security operatives had earlier attempted to disperse the Yoruba nation agitators who had gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos.
The agitators, numbering over 100, had stormed the Freedom Park waving ‘Oduduwa nation’ flags and banners and clamouring for a ‘sovereign’ state.
The police fired guns and tear gas canisters into the air and used water cannons in an attempt to disperse the peaceful protesters.
The police action came shortly after Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu addressed journalists at the park saying the police were there to ensure there was no “security breach” in the state.
“We are not saying you should not protests, we want you to send a detailed letter to the police stating the number and identities of the protesters. Also, the location should be in the letter,” he said.
He said the Yoruba nation letter received by the command was “open-ended.”
As of the time of filing this report, two of the agitators had been arrested along the Ketu exit point in Ojota.
The two, a man and a woman, were arrested during a stop and search operation for purportedly decorating their blue Toyota Highlander vehicle with a Yoruba nation banner.
They were taken away in a police vehicle.
The police had earlier sealed off the park, before the 10 a.m. scheduled starting time for the rally.
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