An eyewitness on Saturday revealed how the victim of the #EndSARS protest in the Surulere area of Lagos State died.
Mr. Okechukwu Iloamuazor, 55, died on Monday after he got hit by a stray bullet.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, quoted Mr. Sam Okafor, who said the victim was his driver as saying that Iloamuazor did not partake in the protest, noting that they were both heading to Ilupeju when they ran into the protesters in Surulere.
Okafor spoke when Gov. Sanwo-Olu paid a condolence visit to the family of the victim on Saturday.
He said: “We were stuck in the traffic caused by the protesters who were shouting End SARS. For more than 40 minutes, there was no movement.
“I wound down the windshield for fresh air, while Iloamuazor got down from the car to stretch his body. After stretching, he put his both hands into his pockets and trying to figure out where the traffic started.
“Suddenly we heard gunshot three times. The next thing I saw was Iloamuazor falling from his position. His hands remained in his pockets as he fell. I ran out of the car and screamed for help.
“People came and started performing all sorts of things to save him. The police came to the scene and I told them my driver had been shot on the spot.”
Okafor urged Sanwo-Olu to ensure tbat the late Iloamuazor and his family received justice.
On his part, the governor informed the family of the victim that all the four policemen who opened fire on the protesters in Surulere had been identified by the government and the police authorities.
He said the state government would take the officers’ punishment beyond the established disciplinary guidelines of the police.
A policeman, Inspector Ayodeji Erinfolami, also died in the incident.