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JUST IN: Lagos CP releases identity of 18yrs old varsity education seeker’s killer

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Hakeem Odumosu, has revealed that one Sergeant Samuel Phillips allegedly shot and killed Monsurat Ojuade, an 18-year-old student seeking to gain admission into a university and continue her education in the state.

Odumosu added that the law enforcement officer, who was attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), was currently been interrogated by the Police department enforcing ethics at the orderly room in the Lagos Command.

The Commissioner revealed the name of the officer on Monday during a Condolence visit to the family of the deceased teenager, who was killed last Friday in Ijeshatedo axis of Surulere Local Government.

Accompanied by top members of the Lagos State Police Command’s Management Team and other senior Police Officers, the Commissioner of Police expressed, on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba; officers and men of the Command, his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

While expressing regret over the unfortunate incident, the CP prayed for the repose of Monsurat’s soul, and also prayed that God grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Accompanied by top members of the Lagos State Police Command’s Management Team and other senior Police Officers, the Commissioner of Police expressed, on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba; officers and men of the Command, his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

While expressing regret over the unfortunate incident, the CP prayed for the repose of Monsurat’s soul, and also prayed that God grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Presenting a letter of condolence to the family, the Commissioner of Police maintained that the deceased was hit by a stray bullet shot by Phillips that later resulted in her death.

Earlier, the teenager was shot by the police officer at her house on 53 Mogaji Street, along Agbebi road In Ijeshatedo, was later confirmed dead by medical experts at a private hospital in the state.

The deceased, who scored 236 in Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, was shot by the Police officer during an attempt to arrest a suspected robber in the council.

Speaking to our correspondent, the mentor to the deceased, Ismael Oguntoyinbo, while narrating how the teenage girl was killed, described the deceased as a brilliant and well-cultured lady who would be missed.

Oguntoyinbo said: “On that fateful day, Monsurat and her sister, Laide, were at their mother’s shop, in front of their house, when they suddenly saw everyone running and they decided to also run in order not to be caught in the web of any unforeseen actions.

“She and her sister ran into their compound and closed the gate but the Police later came there and force their way into the house. And minutes after gaining entrance, the law enforcement agency shot into the compound.

“After the law enforcement officers left, we discovered that Monsurat had been hit by bullet on both legs. In order to save her, we quickly took her to a public hospital where we were told that the doctors are on strike. 

“So we were referred to another private hospital and while on our way to the hospital, we discovered that she was losing so much blood. So, we decided to abandon the plan and go to another private hospital, Havanna, and we considered was close. It was there she was declared dead”, he added.

The mentor to the deceased hinted that the referral note they were given indicated that she was shot a close range by the law enforcement officer. 

According to him, this is unbelievable and we are appealing to everyone that can assist us to get justice on this case to do so. we want justice for Monsurat.

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