The Nigeria Police Force, Lagos Command has denied trending reports that its men killed a 14-year-old girl with a stray bullet during the O’odua Nation mega rally in Ojota, Lagos on Saturday.
Reports had emerged that the teenager who was selling drinks in her mother’s shop near the protest venue was allegedly killed by a stray bullet from the police.
However, in a statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Lagos Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi on Saturday, the police claimed that the girl was not killed by a stray bullet from its operatives at the scene who were armed to the teeth.
“The Command hereby wishes to debunk the rumour and state categorically that it’s a calculated attempt to create confusion and fears in the minds of the good people of Lagos State and the country at large.
“The Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally today. The said corpse was found wrapped and abandoned at a distance, far from Ojota venue of the rally, behind MRS Filling Station, inward Maryland, on the other side of the venue, with dried blood stains suggesting that the corpse is not fresh.
“After a close look at the corpse, a wound suspectedly sustained from a sharp object was seen on it. The news is false and mischievous. The Command therefore urges the general public to disregard the news and go about their lawful normal daily activities while investigation to unravel the incident will commence immediately.
The Commissioner assures that thorough investigation will be carried out on the death of the teenager.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, therefore commiserates with the family of the found deceased and assures that thorough investigation will be carried out.
“The Command equally wishes to warn against the spread or peddling of fake and unconfirmed stories as such could be dangerous and counterproductive,” he said