Nigeria: Girl Arrested During #EndSARS Protest Gives Birth in Ondo Prison

18 June 2021

Akure — An 18-year-old girl, Kemisola Oguniyi, who was arrested during the #EndSARS protest, has given birth in prison custody in Ondo State.

Oguniyi and three others, Ayodele Bukunmi, Ojo Samuel, and Ani Obinna, were remanded in prison custodyduring the protest.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit felony to wit: arson, riotous assembly, stealing and malicious damage.

All the accused were thereafter taken to Surulere Prison in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.

The lady was said to have gone into labour on June 15, and gave birth to a baby boy the following day.

In a letter to the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Oluwatotimi Akeredolu, her lawyer, Tope Tomekun, argued that Oguniyi, was innocent of the crime preferred against her.

Tomekun in the letter said Oguniyi was on her way to the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) to collect money for her mother's treatment when she was apprehended by the Nigerian Army on random raiding, and handed her over to the police for investigation.

The lawyer said: "She was later alleged to be part of those who set APC Secretariat in Akure on fire during the #EndSARS protest that took place in October 2020.

"I write to you sir, first as a lawyer and in furtherance of my conviction as a believer in humanitarian cause of justice, to appeal to you that for the sake of the sinless newborn child and in the interest of justice, to give directive that this matter be given an urgent hearing as this is one deserving case sir, in which the powers in this direction could be exercised."

He also appealed to the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Sir Titiloye Charles, to use his powers to discontinue the prosecution of Oguniyi and others.

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