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Trigger Happy Police Shoot 20 Year-Old Sales Girl Lucy Dead in Abuja



The shortcomings of the Nigerian police have been highlighted in a vivid way this past week, following the gruesome murder of four students of University of Port-Harcourt. Testimonies from the family members of the victims, including one who watched her brother lynched, have proven that police men were present at the scene of the murder and did nothing to stop their death.
While Nigerians are still recovering from the shock of that news, it has been reported that a 20 year-old sales girls simply identified as Lucy was shot dead by policemen in the Apo area of Abuja yesterday.
Punch reports that the girl was hit in the chest by bullets fired into a photography shop where she worked as a sales girl. This happened when policemen stormed the area yesterday morning with officials of Development Control Department, who had come to demolish illegal structures. However, some residents who felt that the government had no right to demolish their houses when they were yet to be resettled, resisted the operation.
As the policemen shot indiscriminately to control the residents, bullets penetrated into one of the shops and Lucy was hit in the chest. She was rushed to Garki Hospital, but she was confirmed dead on arrival. Her body has been deposited in the mortuary. The sales boy at the shop where she worked also sustained gunshot injuries during the incident.
Pictures of her lifeless body with a gunshot wound on her chest have circulated the internet, leaving us with heavy hearts.
This incidence reminds me of a similar demolition exercise which turned bloody in the Makoko area of Lagos few years ago. The police, while carrying out the demolition, shot dead a man whose wife was pregnant at the time and injured several others.
It is really sad that the people who are charged with the responsibility of protecting lives and property in the country are rather doing the opposite. While giving excuses for their inability to prevent the lynching of students of University of Port-Harcourt, they said that they didn’t have enough bullets in their guns. Now with one bullet, they have snuffed out the life of a promising young lady.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. praise

    October 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Nigerian police is just the worst thing that ever happened to us. Fucking nincompoops.

    • lanry

      October 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      i think they better be given rubber bullets instead of real bullet

  2. Teefah

    October 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

    i weep for my country…what the hell is going on?
    nothing but brutal killings dominating the news

  3. rew

    October 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    O pari!

  4. Chi

    October 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  5. Berry Choco-Latte

    October 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I feel sick! Sick and tired of this country! Why why why???

  6. 'Alex'andyraH

    October 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Sad news everywhere,everyday.

  7. ToBechistyle

    October 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    This presidency is doing such a poor job of caring for its citizens.And why are Nigerians so quick to circulate pictures (or videos) of such terrible
    occurrences.Dont you realize you kill the person all over again?

  8. okafor Buchi Christopher

    October 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Oh! GOD please have mercy upon Nigerians, just for the seek of good once. i always interested to hear some good news about my country but opposite is always the case. there is killing everyday. God help us. am crying for my country now!

  9. Turn turn turner

    October 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    The exact same comment I made yesterday when I read the “we didn’t have enough bullets excuse” regarding the Aluu4. Somehow their bullets will always be enough to kill the innocent.

    Nigeria is a jungle, governed by animals. I’m sad

  10. city chic

    October 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    seriously??? if they can’t control themselves they should be given toy guns abeg.

  11. Abs

    October 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Clearly, they ‘have enough bullets’ when they shouldn’t. Sad story.

  12. MONA

    October 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve officially given up on Nigeria. Any president that cannot serve its people should be impeached. We need REAL leaders and not power mongering people. Chai Nigeria, NAWA O

  13. tj

    October 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I read the story in the Saturday Punch of today and the story was
    so touching. Shooting sporadically in an area where humans and
    not animals live just to implement some stupid demolition exercise.
    When we will move towards quasi-development in this country.
    Enough of all this barbaric pratices.

  14. huh?

    October 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I have since develop a cold heart toward sad news….survival of the strongest

  15. nich

    October 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    @MONA………so u are only given up now…………………..huuuu…….with the current flood ravaging nigeria it will take nigeria atleast 70yrs from now to be stabilized……

    • MONA

      October 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      My dear, na so. You know sometimes you just have a string of hope, wishing that it will change. I have families in Nigeria, that’s why I try to hold on to hope.

  16. @ajiriavae

    October 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    It is really sad. These police men and women need to be reorientated. Their IG, too, needs to be reorientated.

  17. Brandigest

    October 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    So the professional strategy for our useless Police to disperse resistant mob in a civil order is to pull the trigger? I still maintain that the day we get this Police right and standardized taht will be the beginning of greater things for Nigeria. Because so many things go wrong because the Police is not working. RIP Lucy…. I feel revolution, it draws near, the cloud is heavy with it

  18. Osim

    October 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    It’s longer a news with Nigerian police. We in a lawless community(Nigeria), where even the law makers, judiciary and law enforcement agencies violate law. I remember the murder of young commercial cyclist riders and a catist of catholic all in Ikom Local Government in Cross River State. We need both physical spiritual transformation.

  19. R

    October 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Surely, these officers are animals

  20. shamsycos

    October 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    My God!!! where re we going in dis country,Dis situation is getting worst by d day…

  21. Is it not okay bikonu

    October 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    How is it that we have all the bad things in this one country??? incompetence, stupidity, corruption, PHCN, Boko haram, IBB, OBJ, GEJ, Aluu community, Nigeria police force, Sanusi etc etc etc. Seriously is this a curse?

    • Tiki

      October 15, 2012 at 8:58 am


  22. Bisi

    October 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Not again. Hmmm, when will good news come every week from Nigeria the way bad news does?

  23. Yemi

    October 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    The Nig Police is worst than the dreaded boko haram, how many police had been convicted for killing innocent persons? God shall avenge the dead of all these ppl on our top political leaders who have forgotten their work. POLICE DONT DESERVE TO CARRY GUN. ONE DAY THEY WILL ALSO FIRE AT THE PRESIDENT. LET’S ALL SEE

  24. engr obinna anieze

    October 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    what is Nigeria turning into ? its really flagging us bad image in the outside countries, i hate Nigeria for that dont wanna come there soon.

  25. ao

    October 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    The issue with Nigeria is INDISCIPLINE and it can be found at all levels of society especially government, which includes the police. How can a reportedly trained police force shoot into a crowd, without provocation, and not assume that the bullets would strike those in the crowd? Are you telling me that the police did not have other non-fatal tools that they could have used to subdue the crowd such as pepper spray and tear gas? What about a step down approach to removing the occupants of the buildings to new housing? Why is it that the Nigerian police only know how to show force to the man and woman on the street and turn a blind eye to criminal behaviors of the political class?

    RIP Lucy. My heart goes out to you and your family. I saw your picture on the internet after the precious life GOD gave you was stolen from you for nothing. I’m sorry. What a huge loss. You could have been my child, my sister, my friend, even me. May the wheel of justice roll over and crush those that took from you that which they had no right to take, your life. GOD deliver Nigeria’s people from bad leadership and put leaders in place that want to improve our lives and not rob us blind. Please make a way, GOD. We have suffered long enough from decades of undisciplined and devilish leadership. IJN. Amen.

  26. aisha abubakar

    October 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    its a pity nigeria lawless nation. @falkebyaisha

  27. worthing

    October 15, 2012 at 5:07 am

    many, many unresolvd problem facing any incubent leader. What ought to b done wayback r now pushed forward and clumped just for 1 leader to solve? What a lot of work to b done. The basics (leadership, road, education, water, food, jobs, security,) r stil on d swing. Dnt blame it all on this president, he is tryn cos past presidents have failed 9geria. Probably, YOU R D PRESIDENT THAT CAN CHANGE NIGERIA. But knw that NO PRESIDENT! NO RESIDENT! you cant sleep eyes close without d president. Forget prayers. You better start doing d right thing by changn to a good attitude.

  28. cathy

    October 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

    How can we affect change in Nigeria??????????? Helpppppppppppppp!!!

  29. ryan lucero

    October 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    i think that cops are abusing the power they have and need to have more severe consoquences then just geting a couple of years for shooting someone and geting charged guilty. they should be given the same amount of time as every one else does or gets

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