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Nurudeen, the father of an 18-year-old admission seeker, Monsura Ojuade, who was shot dead by a police sergeant in Lagos State, was inconsolable on Monday as sympathisers poured into his home to condole with him on the tragedy.

When he spoke to our correspondents, his statements were interjected by long tears, as he demanded justice for his daughter.

PUNCH Metro had reported that a policeman, Sergeant Samuel Phillips, reportedly shot Monsura on Friday in her parent’s house in Ijeshatedo, Surulere.

The bullet was said to have penetrated both legs of the admission seeker, causing her to bleed to death.

The teenager’s death generated outrage on social media, as Nigerians called for the prosecution of the killer cop, who had been arrested by the police authorities.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro on Monday, Nurudeen, who recounted the incident, said he wanted justice to prevent a recurrence.

He said, “On September 10, around 11pm, my daughters were in their mother’s shop in the second compound when they saw people running. They packed what they could carry from their goods and ran into the compound and when they tried to lock the gate, one of the policemen asked them to open, but they told him that they could not open the gate and he threatened to shoot. The next thing we heard was a gunshot and they killed my daughter.

“I was inside the room and she was coming to call me. But when I heard her scream, I came out to see that she had been shot. I saw her lying in a pool of blood and I carried her to Randle (General Hospital). The doctors there gave her first aid treatment and referred us to Igbobi (Orthopaedic Hospital), but when we got there, they said they were on strike and they could not do anything, so we had to drive back to Havana Hospital.

“On getting there, a lady came out to test her and she could not tell us anything, so she went back upstairs to call a doctor. The doctor came and tested her; he also could not announce to us that she was dead. He had to call some people back to tell them that she was dead.”

He described the late Monsura as his ‘mother,’ saying she always prepared the water for his bath and gave him food whenever he returned from work.

“This was because her mother is always in the shop and her elder sisters are in school. Though it has happened to me and there is no amount of compensation that can revive my child, I want justice so it won’t happen to others. I want the state government to help us, let them fish out the killer and why he did it because my child did not offend anybody,” he added.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement, said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, paid a condolence visit to the family on Monday.

Ajisebutu said, “Accompanied by top members of the Lagos State Police Command’s management team and other senior police officers, the CP expressed on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman, officers and men of the command, his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.

“While expressing regret over the unfortunate incident, the CP prayed for the repose of Monsurat’s soul, and also prayed that God grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

“Presenting a letter of condolence to the family, the CP also reassured them that justice would be served, disclosing that the culprit, Sgt. Samuel Phillips, had been arrested, and was currently undergoing orderly room trial.”

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