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Mother of slain Yoruba nation rally victim gets relief

(L-R) Mrs Ifeoluwa Oyeleke receives a ₦1,000,000 cheque from Mrs Titi Oshodi who represented Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: Omolara Omosanya.

Succour has come the way of a family of four, who lost their first child, Jumoke Oyeleke to a stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation rally at Ojota, Lagos on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Twenty-five-year-old Jumoke Oyeleke, a Shop Attendant, was reportedly killed while policemen were dispersing a crowd that gathered for the Yoruba Nation Rally.

Now, four months after the sad incident, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has relocated the family from a shack at 59A, Bayo Osinowo Street, Ogudu, Ojota area where Mrs Oyeleke was living with her deceased daughter and others to a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment at Ikorodu area of the state.

Also, Governor Sanwo-Olu presented a one million naira cheque to the mother of the deceased, Ifeoluwa Oyeleke and her three surviving children to make the family comfortable.

Presenting keys to the apartment and the cheque to Mrs Oyeleke, Governor Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Titi Oshodi, said the gesture was aimed at alleviating her pains and meeting her immediate needs.

“It is not possible to bring back the dead, but the government is donating a two-bedroom apartment fully furnished to the family to make life easy, as much as possible, for those left behind,” Mrs Oshodi said. “The rent has been paid for three years in advance, and the kitchen is stocked with some foodstuff”, she added.

Tear-laden Mrs Oyeleke while appreciating the governor for the gesture said, she had been working as a domestic help, washing clothes and cleaning house to sustain her family.

The single mother, alongside one of her daughters, Ayomide, appealed to Mr Sanwo-Olu to assist her with a permanent job to enable her cater for herself and the children.

Meanwhile, Mrs Oyeleke said she would be using the one million naira gift to engage in trading in foodstuff.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; editing by Muzha Kucha