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The militia style robbery attack that went down last Thursday in the upmarket Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos, left five people dead including 3 policemen and a teenager hawking fish. The incident has left everyone shocked and pointing fingers looking for someone to blame.

The 15 year old fish hawker who was struck by a bullet in the ensuing gun battle between the armed robbers and the police men after they robbed the First City Monument bank, has been identified as Sarah Ibikunle. Everyday after she returned from school Ibikunle hawked fish in Lekki area.

Her aunt, Mrs. Omolafe whom she lived with at Babalola Close, in Lekki told Punch  yesterday that Ibikunle was abandoned by her mother when she was just two years old, she also added that Ibikunle had dreams to study law at university.

The grieving aunt lamented thatt morgue authorities were demanding N100,000 to embalm the body of Ibikunle and perform all necessary preparations for burial, money which she doesn’t have.

She shed some light on the slain teen saying,

Ibikunle was very friendly. She was living in Ondo State with my grandmother till she (the grandmother) died. I brought her to Lagos four years ago to start school. Her mother left her and her siblings when she was two years old and she had never looked after them since then. His father (my brother) died in 2009.

On Wednesday, she showed me the drawing which she wanted to submit on Friday. She said her class was told to draw what they wish to become in future. I prayed for her and warned her not to keep bad company if she wanted to accomplish her goal. She was always eager to learn English. She watched English movies a lot because of that. She and my son help me to hawk when they come back from school.

As if the loss is not enough, we were told to bring almost N100, 000 to embalm and bury her. They should have allowed me to carry her corpse that day. I don’t know where to get the money.

What a sad life and even sadder end. RIP Ibikunle

 

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