The death of 16-year-old Tina Ezikwe no doubt brought tears to thousands of Nigerians who felt betrayed by the injustice of the system. Many felt sick to the bottom because the death of the innocent girl is one of the many reasons people believe the police is not out for their protection.
Legit.ng had the opportunity of visiting the home of the deceased where the family spoke about her dreams and aspirations and how none of them would ever come true now that she has been killed by a trigger happy officer of the police force.
Ezikwe, an SS3 student of Bariga Grammar School, was shot on Tuesday, May 26th by an officer of the police force at Iyana-oworo area of Lagos state. The shock brought by the death of the young girl has left the family in distraught. The deceased, who happened to be the first daughter and second born of the family, was an Indigene of Imo state.
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A close relative of the deceased gave out the name of the trigger happy officer as Theophilus Otubor. According to him, the officer had been a pain in the neck of the mother of the deceased. He often harassed her to close up her store located at Oworonshoki, Berger. The poor woman often begged him but the officer was always defiant; he had threatened to shoot her on several occasions according to the man.
On the day of the unfortunate incident that eventually led to the death of her daughter, the officer was involved in a feud with a bus driver who he wanted to collect N200 from at all cost. This led to him shooting the driver and drawing more attention to the scene.
In a bid to disperse the gathering crowd, he was said to have fired another shot which coincidentally hit Ezikwe as she and her mother were trying to close their store for the day. The bullet was said to have hit her in the upper thigh and tore the skin in the process.
The brother of the poor girl tried carrying her after she got shot but the officer was still enraged. He kept saying she was not dead and he was going to shoot her again according to the family member who narrated the ordeal. The brother had to run for his dear life and went back for the poor girl only after the coast was cleared.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Bariga police station was said to have called an ambulance to take the wounded girl to Lagos State Teaching Hospital where he dropped the sum of N50,000 needed to buy four pints of blood. The transfusion started but Ezikwe gave up the ghost halfway. She died on Thursday, May 28th 2020.
The trigger happy officer tried to escape upon seeing the outcome of the event but he was held down by other officers present. Another family member of the deceased referred to the incident as being intentional because the officer had threatened her in the past.
Late Ezikwe’s mother was too shocked to speak while Legit.ng correspondents were there. The people around her spoke on her behalf as they demanded for justice for the slain girl.
The deceased, according to the family member, would have written the West African Examination Council (WAEC) exam this year but for the ugly incident. Her brother who was present as at the time of the interview said that her dream was to be a medical doctor. He described her as being calm and focused. The aggrieved family has been thrown into a state of despair. Their poor mother now has five children left with Tina Ezikwe going to an early grave.
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