Yoruba Nation rally shooting: My daughter was 25 years old, not 14, says victim’s mother


Salesgirl allegedly killed by stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation Lagos rally, Jumoke Oyeleke . Photo provided by Wasiu Afolabi, an uncle to the deceased

Mother of the victim of the Yoruba Nation rally shooting, Jumoke Oyeleke, says her daughter was 25 years old and not 14 as widely reported.

She was also the first of four children by her parents, her mother, Ifeoluwa Oyeleke, stated.

Jumoke had met her end when agitators for the Yoruba Nation gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in the Ojota area of Lagos on Saturday amid heavy presence of armed policemen and soldiers.

Some of the operatives reportedly fired gunshots, tear gas canisters and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators and journalists shortly after the rally took off.

Jumoke was reported to be displaying drinks at her boss’ shop in a compound close to the rally ground when security men chased some agitators into the premises amid shootings.

She was said to have been hit by a stray bullet, which ripped through her stomach and left a deep hole.

Her corpse was later taken away in a police van.

Following the incident, it was widely circulated that the victim was 14 years old.

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