As Nigeria continues to fight for an end to police brutality in the country, people who have had first-hand experience with police brutality or who have lost loved ones to police brutality have continued to tell the world their stories. As we all know, a few weeks ago, the youths had taken to the streets to protest and demand for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the terror police unit that was known for its nightmarish attacks on young Nigerians.<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">For long years, Nigerians have suffered frustrations and pains in the hands of the police, the same people that are paid to protect them, that is why part of what they were demanding for during the protest was the reform of the police, because they reasoned that a reform would put an end to the brutality meted to Nigerians by some of these wayward police officers.For long years, Nigerians have suffered frustrations and pains in the hands of the police, the same people that are paid to protect them, that is why part of what they were demanding for during the protest was the reform of the police, because they reasoned that a reform would put an end to the brutality meted to Nigerians by some of these wayward police officers.
It should be recalled that as part of the strategies to pacify the youths and listen to their agitations, the presidency had ordered for a judicial panel to be set up in various states to look into the cases of police brutality. And since the #EndSARS protest began and when the judicial panels were set up, we have been hearing some sad and heartbreaking stories from members of the public. And today, Punch shared the story of a young lady who was killed by a wayward police officer last year. The touching story was recounted by the girl’s father and her siblings.
Her name was Jessica Adaobi Ifeanyi Ojide, she was just 21 years old when she was killed by SARS on the April 13th, 2019 at Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle.
Below are photos of Jessica:
According to father, the only offence that Jessica committed to the SARS officer that killed her was because she was trying to speak up for a stranger. He said that Jessica saw the officer shooting at someone, and she went closer to the officer and asked him why he was shooting the person. And in anger, the officer turned to her and fired at her three times. Jessica fell and died at the spot.
Photos of Jessica’s father:
Jessica’s father, Ifeanyi Ojide, said that after shooting his daughter, the officer ran into the nearest police station and escaped from there, and since then nothing has been heard of him again.
He said that the officer that killed his daughter is called Mr Ojo, but he lamented that even after a year after the death of his daughter, Mr Ojo is still walking about freely, despite the promise of justice from the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police. He said since Jessica was killed he has not been happy, and that he wants justice to be done. He said that Jessica was a very nice girl who loved to help anyone she saw in need, and that is exactly what led to her death.
See photo of Ojo, the officer that killed Jessica:
Mr Ifeanyi Ojide asked why is it so difficult for the police force to bring the officer to book, and give justice to his late daughter.
Also speaking were Jessica’s siblings. They lamented how they miss their sister. One of her siblings, Samuel Ifeanyi Ojide, said that Jessica was the one that had been taking care of him since he was little, and that she was the one that was training him in school when she was alive. Now that she’s dead, I wonder what has become of the boy’s education now.
Below is another sibling of the late Jessica, Deborah Ifeanyi Ojide:
See photos of Jessica’s mother in tears when Jessica died:
Me Ifeanyi said that it is a good thing that the youths stood up to protest against SARS and police brutality, because too many young people have lost their lives to the excesses of some of those wayward officers.
It is very sad indeed, and what makes it sadder is the justice that has been denied Jessica’s family since her death. I know losing their daughter and sister is tough for the family, but getting them justice would have helped calm down some of the pains that the death of Jessica brought them. And I hope the Inspector General of Police will rise up to this and bring Ojo to book for the untimely death he brought on the young Jessica.
May her soul continue to rest in peace, and I hope that her death will never be in vain, and justice will be done soon.
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