Shot policewoman in Ekiti bye election tragedy dies

A policewoman, Sergeant Bukola Olawoye, who was shot during the violence that led to the suspension of the Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election on Saturday, is dead.

Governor Kayode Fayemi announced she died on Monday evening in a hospital where she was receiving treatment.

At least three persons were killed and several injured when suspected thugs invaded the voting centre, shooting sporadically.

Fayemi said on his Twitter handle: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Sergeant Olawoye Bukola, the police officer who was shot during the election violence that followed the Ekiti East Constituency 1 Bye-Election on Saturday.

“The brave officer battled for her life since Saturday. We hoped and prayed that she would make it, but she sadly passed away Monday evening.

“Late Sgt. Olawoye was a courageous and worthy police officer who excelled in a traditionally male-dominated career. Sadly, she lost her life in active service.

“My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time. We stand by them. My condolences also go to the Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG on this tragic development.”

He promised to ensure justice for the deceased to preserve the electoral system.

According to him: “I have been briefed that the arrested suspects were charged to court on Monday. My administration is committed to ensuring justice.

“Despite our diverse party affiliations, we must work together to protect and defend the sanctity of the electoral process and secure lives and property during elections. This is a nonpartisan imperative that we must achieve together.”

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