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Yoruba Nation Rally: Stray Bullet Kills 14-Year Old [GRAPHIC PHOTO]

A 14-year old girl selling yoghurt drinks in the Ojota area of Lagos has lost her life after she was hit by bullets reportedly fired by a security operative dispersing Yoruba Nation agitators on Saturday.

Pictures sighted by Roving Naija correspondent showed that bullets had ripped open the victim’s stomach who was reportedly displaying drinks at a shop when the bullet hit her.

Her body covered with a piece of cloth was taken away by the Police who have already released a statement denying the culpability in the sad death of the 14-year old.

The police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, described reports blaming the police for the death as an attempt to create confusion and fears in the minds of the people of Lagos State and the country at large.

“The Command did not fire a single live bullet at Ojota rally today,” the statement said.

“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 police’s claims differ from eye witness accounts at the rally who maintained that the deceased was hit by a stray bullet, after police officers began firing into the air to disperse the crowd at the rally.

“She was hit at the back and it (bullet) came out of her tummy, inside the compound. We brought her corpse out,” a witness had said.

There was no record of any other person or groups, except the police, firing shots at the scene.

But the police insisted that the reports linking its officers to the killing are “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 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.”

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