Succour has come the way of a family of four, who lost their first child, Jumoke Oyeleke to a stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation rally at Ojota, Lagos on Saturday, July 3, 2021 as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has provided them with a furnished two-bedroom apartment.
Jumoke Oyeleke, a 25-year-old Shop Attendant, was reportedly killed when Policemen tried to disperse people who had gathered for the Yoruba Nation Rally.
Four months after the sad incident, Governor Sanwo-Olu relocated the family from a shack at 59A, Bayo Osinowo Street, Ogudu, Ojota area where Mrs. Oyeleke was living with her deceased daughter and others before the ugly incident to a two-bedroom apartment in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
The Governor also presented a one million naira cheque to the mother of the deceased, Mrs. Ifeoluwa Oyeleke and her three surviving children to make the family comfortable.
Presenting keys to the apartment and the cheque to Mrs Oyeleke, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Mrs. Titi Oshodi, explained that the gesture was aimed at alleviating her pains and meeting her immediate needs as he had been following up on the case since the ugly incident occurred.
“Immediately the incident happened, we started to follow up with her to find out how she was doing, especially economically and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his compassionate nature has done this to ameliorate the family’s suffering as much as possible. It is not possible to bring back the dead, but the government is donating a two-bedroom apartment fully furnished to the family to make life easy, as much as possible, for those left behind, we made this quick arrangements in the interim. So this is a temporary arrangement for her to stay with her children, pursuing other actions going forward. The rent has been paid for three years in advance, and the kitchen is stocked with some foodstuff. The government will let us know when a proper and more formidable arrangement has been made for her but for now, the apartment is fitted with basic amenities to make life comfortable for the family”
While thanking Governor Sanwo-Olu for his kind gesture, tear laden Mrs Oyeleke said she had been working as a domestic help, washing people’s clothes and sweeping compounds, to sustain her family prior to the sad incident.
The single mother, and one of her daughters, Ayomide appealed to Governor Sanwo-Olu to assist her with permanent employment for her to be able to take adequate care of herself and the children.
She said: “Our former house was a rented apartment but we left because the house was sold to a developer and since I couldn’t afford another house, we moved to a shanty where we have been staying for about a year before Jumoke died. It was a church member who allowed us to stay in the shanty.
”I thank the government for remembering me and my children. God will bless Governor Sanwo-Olu and what happened to me will not be his portion. God will grant his heart desires. “I also want the government to help me find a profitable job so I can train my children properly. My children used to attend a private school but I enrolled them in a government school because I could no longer afford the fees of a private school.
“This new house is rented and I would not be able to afford the rent when the three years that was paid for expires, so I would love to be employed profitably. I will like to engage in buying and selling foodstuff with the N1 million I was given.”
“I have finished secondary school and looking to attend a higher institution next year. I want the government to help my mother with a good job so she can train me and my two siblings well,” they pleaded