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15.09.2021 Feature From Emmanuel Uzorchukwu to Monsurat Ojuade, the Police Have Killed at Least 7 Teenagers in 2 Years

Published 15th Sep, 2021

By Emmanuel Uti

Monsurat Ojuade, an 18-year-old admission seeker, was killed by officers attached to the Panti Police Division, Lagos, on September 10, 2021. While Monsurat’s case may be the latest, her demise is just one among several others caused by police officers.

Last year, it was Ezekwe Tina, a hawker by the roadside at Iyana-Oworo, Lagos. She was preparing for the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Examination when a trigger-happy police officer attached to the Bariga Police Division, Lagos, ended her life.

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The police officer was trying to arrest a bus driver for refusing to observe the nationwide shutdown imposed by the Federal Government in the heat of the coronavirus pandemic when he fired a shot which strayed and hit Tina.

Passersby rushed her to a nearby hospital, but she did not make it. She died on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Jumoke, 14, was selling yoghurts by the roadside in Ojota when police officers sent her to an early grave. On July 3, 2021, she was murdered by police officers who fired gunshots to disperse agitators of the Yoruba Nation movement.

In 2019, Hadijat Sikiru, another teenager, lost her life to an intoxicated police officer in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.

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Teenage boys also face a similar or worse fate when caught in the web of brutal police officers. Saifullahi, 17, was tortured to death in police custody in Kano. The police officers, according to The Cable, had arrested him while pursuing a suspected criminal.

In March 2019, police officers killed Emenike at a viewing centre in Onipetesi, Lagos. Similarly, Emmanuel Uzorchukwu died from a bullet fired by a police officer attached to Badia Police Station in Lagos, bringing to a minimum of seven, the number of teenage deaths from police brutality. Just the ones captured by the media.

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Published 15th Sep, 2021

By Emmanuel Uti

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