Chineye Igwetu is the elder sister of Linda , a corps member due to pass out last Thursday who was shot dead in a vehicle by a policeman in Abuja on Wednesday . She shares the grief of her family
What can you say about your sister’ s death ?
She worked with an American company in Abuja . After work on Tuesday , she went out with her colleagues to celebrate the end of their last day at work since the following day was their passing -out having completed the National Youth Service Corps scheme.
On their way around Ceddi Plaza , a policeman shot at their car . The male colleague , who was driving , said they didn ’ t see any ‘ stop and search ’ point mounted by the police and they were playing a loud music in the car since they were in celebration mood . The guy said he heard a sound but he thought it was his car tyres and that when he didn ’ t feel anything strange as he was driving , he continued . I learnt that she later tapped the guy driving to say that the police had shot at them . They were surprised when she said that and that they looked back only to discover that she had been hit by a bullet and was bleeding .
What did they do afterwards?
They rushed her to Garki Hospital . But when they got there , they were told to deposit N 50 , 000 before they could commence treatment on her . The colleague said they told them that they didn ’ t have cash on them and that he had lost his ATM card . He pleaded with them if he could do an online transfer to them but they declined. After pleading , they accepted but by the time they agreed to attend to her , it was too late. She died in the process .
There was a report that the policeman heard a shout from someone in the car . How would you react to that ?
Nothing like that happened ; there was a loud music in the car , so the police couldn ’ t have heard if someone shouted from the car . It was not a case of kidnap . I know the colleague , so how would her colleagues kidnap her ? Even the police have said it was not true. They said it was not a case of kidnapping but homicide .
How did you hear about her death ?
The colleague called me while they were in the hospital .
Do you all live in Abuja ?
No , our parents and other siblings are based in Lagos while she stayed with me in Abuja.
What is your parents ’ reaction to the case ?
They are saying that they want justice .
Where is the corpse?
Her body is at the Garki General Hospital .
What kind of person was your late sister?
She was a very nice girl , third of four children and was full of life . She was a jolly good fellow filled with positive vibes , always friendly and ready to help. She desired to be an air hostess . She was even planning to attend an aviation school in January . Her dreams had been wasted and an innocent life was cut short .
What school did she graduate from ?
She studied Geography at the University of Lagos .
What step is the family taking at the moment ?
We are going to court . We must get justice for the innocent blood that was shed .
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