Lagos - A group, Women Arise For Change
Initiative on Wednesday stormed the Ebute-Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos,
protesting the alleged killing of one Mrs Idongesit Ekpo by a police corporal.
The group led by its leader, Mrs Joe Odumakin, were seen
carrying placards with inscriptions like `Train our police to respect human
rights’; `Women’s right is human rights’, `Time to upgrade the Nigeria Police’.
Addressing the protesters, Odumakin called for comprehensive
medical treatment of Mr Godwin Ekpo, who was allegedly hit by a stray bullet
fired by the corporal at Ijegun, near Lagos.
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She said that the police force should be made to settle all
the medical bills and also compensate Ekpo for the killing of his wife.
Odumakin said that the deceased, still at the mortuary
should be given a befitting burial.
The nine-year-old daughter of the deceased, Blessing Godwin,
recounted how her mother was allegedly gunned down by the police on their way
home from church on Sept.17.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a police
corporal attached to Isheri-Oshun Division in Lagos, on Sept. 17, fired a shot
at a tricycle along the Isheri-Ijegun road, killing the wife of the operator on
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni,
ordered immediate arrest of members of the team on duty on the night of the
The killer policeman, Cpl. Musefun Aremu, has since been
dismissed from service for the killing of Ekpo.