Falana demands inquest into murder of 18-year-old admission seeker by Lagos police

A human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has requested a Lagos high court sitting in Ikeja to conduct a corona inquest into the circumstances leading to the death of a 18-year-old admission seeker, Monsura Ojuade.

Ojuade was reportedly in front of her parents’ house on Mogaji Street, Ijesha, Surulere, when some anti-robbery officers from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, stormed the community around 11.30pm last Friday, raided the area and shot indiscriminately during which a bullet penetrated Ojuade’s two thighs.

She was said to have been rushed to a private hospital in the community but was rejected and later gave up the ghost.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, had said the cops were in the community to arrest a robbery suspect and the policeman who pulled the trigger had been detained.

In a letter dated September 13, 2021 and addressed to the Chief Coroner, High Court of Lagos State, Falana & Falana Chambers, appealed to the court to accede to its request for the inquest with utmost urgency.

The letter, signed by one Taiwo Olawanle, read in part, “From the information at our disposal, the late Monsurat Ojuade was hit by a stray bullet during a raid at the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos State on September 11, 2021 when a team of policemen from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, went to the area.

“Unfortunately Monsurat Ojuade passed on while being taken to the hospital for urgent medical attention. Having regards to the facts and circumstances of this tragic incident, we hereby request Your Lordship to conduct an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death.”

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