The mother of the girl killed during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos State, Jumoke Oyeleke, has disclosed that her daughter was 25-years-old and not 14-years-old as widely reported.
The saddened mother, Ifeoluwa Oyeleke disclosed that the decease was the first of four children.
Jumoke was killed when agitators for the Yoruba Nation gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in the Ojota, Lagos State on Saturday amid heavy presence of armed security operatives.
There were claims that the security operatives fired gunshots, tear gas canisters and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators.
The deceased was reported to be displaying drinks at her boss’ shop in a compound close to the rally ground when security men chased some agitators into the premises amid shootings.
Jumoke was said to have been hit by a stray bullet, which ripped through her stomach and left a deep hole.
The police there after took away her corpse in a van. There after it was widely circulated that the victim was 14 years old.
However, the mother of the victim disclosed that she was 25 years old and not 14, noting that people mistook her for a teenager “because of her small stature.”
Ifeoluwa Oyeleke while speaking with Punch on Sunday said, Jumoke was her first child.
“Jumoke is my first child and she was a very healthy and good child; a very hard-working girl that won’t complain if you asked her to do anything.”
“She said she wanted to save money from the job she was doing so she could own her shop and become a better person in life, but that dream has been cut short now,” the tearful mother had said.
While pleading for justice for her slain daughter, Ifeoluwa also revealed that Jumoke had been responsible for the upkeep of her three siblings, all girls, noting that their dad “was no more.”
“I want the state government to fight for me and render whatever help they can to me. It has not been easy since yesterday; it has affected me in every way because she’s the one helping to cater for her siblings.”
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