Abosede Taiwo, the 56-year-old mother of Busola Owoodun, the lady killed by a bullet fired by an operative of the Anti-kidnapping Unit in the Ijegun area of Lagos State on Saturday in the course of trying to apprehend alleged Internet fraudsters known as ‘Yahoo boys’, has remained inconsolable. Ever since the tragic demise by her only child, life has not remained the same for the distraught woman. Morning and night – the 56-year-old has cried uncontrollably, wishing that her daughter could be raised back from the dead.
During a visit to the family’s house in Ijegun on Monday by one of our correspondents, sympathisers of all kinds could be seen trooping in and out of the place to commiserate with Taiwo and other members of the household over the painful loss. Refusing to speak for long periods, when the 56-year-old finally uttered some words, they were statements that broke the heart – words that showed the enormity of the grief she has been thrown in since the sad incident.
“I have been thrown into eternal darkness,” the bruised woman said as she poured out her pains. “My joy has been taken from me.
“Busayo was my only child, the only one I carried in my womb and breastfed. She was only 34 years old, wicked people didn’t allow her to live long to take care of me.
“After my retirement, Busayo was the only one I had. She asked me to stop working when my health began to deteriorate. Now, she is gone. I have no other helper.
“They did not allow all the plans of my child for me to come to reality. They took Busayo away from me. The policemen who killed my only child should have killed me instead. They have taken away my only hope in life,” she added painfully.
Also heartbroken by the tragic demise of Busayo is her husband and best friend of many years, Yusuf. According to the 39-year-old, the loss of the mother of three has put the entire family in distress.
“I don’t think I can ever find another woman like her,” Yusuf said while fighting back tears. “She was more than a wife to me. She was more like a sister.
“My mother would feel her loss greatly because they were very close,” he added.
Speaking further, Yusuf told Sahara Reporters that his wife was killed the stray bullet as she attempted to bring their four-year-old son into her shop following gunshots in the area that fateful Saturday.
He said, “She was sewing a dress in her shop when the incident happened.
“Some policemen were chasing ‘Yahoo boys’ and when they got to the junction where her shop was located, they started shooting at the boys.
“Worried about the safety our last child who was playing outside her shop at the time, my wife rushed outside to bring him inside and it was in the process that a bullet hit her. She died almost immediately.”
An aunt to the deceased, Kemi Taiwo, called on government to support the education and upkeep of the three children Busola left behind.
“We are not asking government to give us cash. What we are saying is that the children need to be taken care of. Their education is important.
“Busola was the sole provider for her mother. The government must help the family,” she said.
According to the family, the victim’s corpse remains at the Isolo General Hospital morgue while plans are ongoing for her burial.
JUST IN: INEC Resumes Collation Of Result In Kogi
The Independent National Electoral Commission has resumed the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.
The electoral commission has declared the Kogi West senatorial rerun election inconclusive.
According to the returning officer, Prof Olayinde Lawal, the margin between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Smart Adeyemi, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye, was 20,570.
He announced that Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes, while Melaye got 59,548 votes from the seven local government areas in the senatorial district.
Dino has rejected the result so far, saying the election was manipulated.
Kogi Decides: Yahaya Bello has ordered my assassination – Natasha Akpoti claims
Akpoti said this on Monday morning on her official Twitter page.
She wrote: “Gov Yahaya Bello has ordered for my assassination.”
AREWA.NG, recalls that Akpoti on Sunday called for the cancellation of the ongoing gubernatorial election in Kogi Central and part of Lokoja, the state capital.
Akpoti claimed that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election,” hence the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should cancel the elections and conduct a rerun.
She made the call in a statement she personally signed and issued on Sunday.
According to Akpoti: “Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state.
Kogi/Bayelsa decides: APC govt trampled on Nigeria’s democracy like Hitler did in Germany – PDP
PDP said the Saturday’s elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States has destroyed the hope Nigerians had in democratic practice, stressing that the country was “sliding back to the era of dictatorship.”
A statement by PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said the “shameful elections conducted in Kogi and Bayelsa states have damaged the fate of Nigerians in a democratic order.”
The statement reads: “Nigerians and the entire world watched in horror as the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government trampled our democracy underfoot with utmost impunity that can only be obtainable in Hitler’s Germany and Samuel Doe’s Liberia, where the lives and rights of citizens meant nothing to suppressive power mongers.
“Citizens agonized as APC-controlled security forces aided armed hoodlums to invade polling centers, shoot and kill innocent citizens, cart away ballot boxes, stuffed them with already thumb printed ballot papers in favour of APC, after which results are allocated to the APC and handed over to a compromised Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce against the will of the people.
“It is distressing that under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, votes no longer count; power and governance no longer derive from the people but from violence, manipulations and the barrel of the gun. Nigerians now ask; are we still in a democracy?
“With the outcome of the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections, Nigerians and the world have lost hope in our institutions of democracy and security system as presently constituted.
“They have completely lost hope in INEC under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, which has shown itself to be a repressive tool in the hands of dictatorial forces.
“As a party, we condole with the families of our compatriots that were killed in Kogi and Bayelsa states and prayed that God grant their souls eternal rest.
“Nevertheless, the PDP remains strong and united in the face of all odds. Nigeria is our nation and no individual or group can appropriate our collective sovereignty as a people at all times.
“Our party will therefore continue to fully exert itself in upholding the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians despite the manipulations of the APC.”
Urging Nigerians to remain resilient and focused, PDP said: “Our party will, in due course, address Nigerians on the way forward in the overall quest to retrieve stolen mandates, rescue our nation from dictatorial forces and reinforce democratic practice in our country.”
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