Richard Ginika Izuora
The relatives of a 55-year-old man who was allegedly killed by a stray bullet during Tuesday’s #EndSARS protest in Surulere, Lagos against Police brutality have come out to seek for justice.
The traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike Community in Enugu East Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu made the call at a news conference in Enugu on Wednesday.
He said Ikechukwu Iloamauzor who was married to his (the monarch’s) younger sister, Ngozi, died after he was reportedly hit by a stray bullet during the protest.
According to him, the deceased who worked as a driver was said to be conveying his boss to an event when the incident happened.
“I received a call from his boss on Tuesday that they ran into a traffic jam caused by a protest by youths calling for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Police reform.
“The man said that due to the delay in vehicular movement caused by the long procession of protesters, his driver stepped out of the wheel and leaned in front of the car.
“It was while standing there that a stray bullet hit him in the neck, leaving him dead,” the monarch who spoke on behalf of the deceased’s family said.
He said that the family was impressed with the Lagos State Government’s intervention.
“However, we want a thorough investigation into the incident. We are crying for justice.
“We want the Inspector-General of Police and Federal Government to know that the victim of the October 13 incident in Surulere is from Enugu State.
“We want the family to be fully compensated to be able to take care of the people he left behind,” he added.
The deceased hailed from Amofia Ibuzor Amaokwe in Udi LGA of Enugu.