Ogbomoso #EndSARS victim Akeju died due to high-velocity AK-47 bullets – autopsy report

Ogbomoso #EndSARS victim Akeju died due to high-velocity AK-47 bullets – autopsy report

Moshood ‘Akeju’ Abdulganiu, one of the civilians believed killed by the police during Ogbomoso protests on October 11, died from the impact of high-velocity AK 47 live rounds, a medical examination found.

In its preliminary report, the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital stated that Mr. Abdulganiu died due to 7.62 mm bullets fired at a close range, according to a university medical official familiar with the investigation.

The description matches the bullet specification for AK 47, the police’s rifle of choice.

1st News reports that a full investigation would be released in two weeks. The officials requested anonymity to comment on an ongoing investigation.

Furthermore, the Oyo police commissioner Nwachukwu Enwonwu said he has yet to receive the preliminary autopsy report.

Mr. Abdulganiu was killed alongside Taiwo Adeoye in Ogbomoso last Saturday, October 10.

They were protesting both #EndSARS and the fatal shooting of Jimoh Isiaq by the police on October 10.

Although the police have not issued an outright denial of involvement in the killing of Mr. Abdulganiu amidst the post-mortem, they have tried to suppress evidence.

Documents analysed by 1st News further revealed that the police DPO in Ogbomoso, Babalola Sarafa made concerted efforts to intimidate the family into signing away their rights to justice in the case.

Mr. Babalola compelled the family to depose to an affidavit that they do not want an autopsy or any further investigation or prosecution in the killing of their loved ones.

Meanwhile, Feminist Coalition, on Sunday, October 18, denied allegations that the ongoing #EndSARS campaign is also a platform that seeks to enforce the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and other gender non-variant groups outlawed in Nigeria.

“We are committed to the elimination of violence against all Nigerians; and our demand for accountability from the government is simple: that all Nigerians across this nation live and thrive,” the #EndSARS group said in an updated statement Sunday night.

“Every Nigerian has the right to protest freely against police brutality.”

1st News gathered that this disclaimer comes in the wake of a tweet sent by the group; declaring absolute support for the LGBTQ+ community; and others whose rights have been taken away since 2014 when President Goodluck Jonathan signed a controversial law.

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However, Feminist Co deleted the tweet; eliciting criticism that the activists risked derailing their #EndSARS message; by injecting LGBTQ+ community rhetoric into the broad-based campaign; around which the highly religious and conservative Nigeria has rallied for two weeks.

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