Police Demanded N200,000 To Perform Autopsy, Family Of Girl Shot At Yoruba Nation Rally In Lagos

 The family of Jumoke Oyeleke, the teenager killed during the ‘Yoruba Nation’ rally in Lagos has narrated how men of the Lagos State Police Command demanded over N200,000 as ‘burial expenses’ from them.

On July 3, the police shot into the air and fired teargas as they dispersed ‘Yoruba Nation’ agitators at Gani Fawehinmi Park.

Amid the ensuing melee, the 14-year-old was found dead in a pool of blood after a stray bullet from police gunshots was said to have hit her.

The police however denied the culpability of its officers in the death of the girl while the state government ordered an investigation into the matter.

Speaking to SaharaReporters on Monday, a member of the family said they were forced by the police to pay for the autopsy conducted on the deceased.

He added that the police also requested for over N200,000 from them as ‘cost of burial’ after the autopsy.

“The police forced us to pay for the autopsy conducted on her body, they also asked the family to pay for the ambulance and cost of burial after the autopsy.

“But they called in this morning that the Lagos State Government has paid N25,000 for an ambulance, N5,000 for who to bathe her and N215,000 for where to bury her,” he said.

“They also asked N25,000 for an ambulance,” the family member added.

It was learnt that the teenager’s case which was taken up by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN, is being handled by Ernest Olawale from the Femi Falana Chambers.

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