A policewoman who was shot in the head by armed thugs during the violence that greeted the Ekiti State Assembly by-election on Saturday, March 20, has passed on.
The deceased policewoman is said to be a nursing mother.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Ekiti Police spokesperson, Sunday Abutu, on Monday, March 22. Further, the Police spokesperson revealed that a total of three persons were killed by thugs during the election held to fill the vacant Ekiti East constituency (I) seat in the State House of Assembly.
1st News had earlier reported that the deceased policewoman was recuperating from the fatal shot to the head.
“The Ekiti State Police Command, with the deepest sorrow, announces the death of Sgt Olawoye Bukola who was shot by a group of thugs that invaded ward 7, Unit 7 during the recent Ekiti East House of Assembly Bye-Election.
“She died at about 1800hrs today being 22/03/2021 at FMC, Ido-Ekiti, after fighting for her life for days.
“The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, CP Tunde Mobayo, on behalf of the Command; sympathizes with her family members and pray God grants her soul eternal rest.
“Meanwhile, the Command wishes to inform the general public that the suspects who committed the heinous crime have all been charged to court today,” the statement read.
The Ekiti East constituency (I) seat became vacant following the death of Juwa Adegbuyi, the former representative. Adegbuyi passed away in February.
Several vehicles were also vandalised during the violence at different polling units.
Biodun Olujimi, a senator representing Ekiti South, narrowly escaped being killed by the thugs.
1st News reported that the thugs went on a rampage in her polling units in Omuo Ekiti. A witness said the thugs are in the employ of some politicians who have an interest in the bye-election.
Meanwhile, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has banned the use of vehicles with tinted glasses; as well as touting as part of measures to curtail insecurity in the state.
Obiano in a statement in Awka on Monday, March 22, also directed security agents to clampdown on cultists and their activities.
“Security agencies are hereby directed to arrest anybody hanging on the road with sticks; and molesting innocent citizens as well as drivers,” Obiano said.
He observed that within the past week, the state has witnessed targeted attacks on security personnel and facilities in the state by hoodlums.
“So far, Police and Navy personnel on official duties at strategic checkpoints in various locations in the state; were sporadically attacked, killed and their firearms taken away.
“Also, prison, as well as police personnel conveying an inmate to court, were equally attacked and killed.
“Anambra State Government categorically condemns these attacks on our security personnel; and is doing everything possible to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”