A 20-year old sales girl identified as Lucy, was shot dead on Friday by policemen in the Apo area of Abuja.The girl was hit in the chest by bullets fired into a photography shop where she worked as a sales girl.Three other people sustained gunshot injuries when policemen from the FCT Police Command fired bullets indiscriminately in an attempt to enforce the demolition order of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.
The policemen had stormed the area around 7 am with officials of Development Control Department, who had come to demolish illegal structures.But residents and indigenes, who felt that the government had no right to demolish their houses when they were yet to be resettled, resisted the operation.They claimed that the case was still in court and that their leaders had advised them to continue to live in the area pending the determination of the suit.
As the policemen shot indiscriminately to control the residents, bullets penetrated into one of the shops and Lucy was hit in the chest. She was rushed to Garki Hospital, but she was confirmed dead on arrival. Her body has been deposited in the mortuary.
This is wicked, how can they waste the life of an innocent person? Couldn’t they have used tear gas to control the crowd other than shooting sporadically? May her soul rest in peace and those responsible be brought to book.