Three widows whose husbands were killed during last year’s ENDSARS protest have narrated how their husbands were killed in different parts of Ondo State.
The widows, Mrs Rachael Apuwabi, Mrs Deborah Ogunsakin and Mrs Modupe Oluwadare, said life has been unbearable since they lost their bread winners.
Two of the widows said they had babies shortly after their husbands were killed.
Speaking at the Judicial Panel of Enquiry on Police Brutality and other matters in Ondo State, the widows demanded compensation to enable them cater for their children.
Mrs Apuwabi said her husband died few days after she gave birth to their last child.
Speaking through her legal representative, Yusuf Adebayo, Mrs. Apuwabi said her husband was one of the policemen killed during the protest.
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“On October 23, he was returning from Igbokoda to see his wife, who just gave birth to their last child on October 18, 2020.
On getting to Ondo town, he ran into a mob of irate youth. On identifying that he was a police officer, he was lynched and his car was burnt into ashes.
Adebayo appealed to the panel to recommend adequate compensation for his client, in order to secure the future of the children and his aged mother, whose welfare was on him.
Mrs Ogunsakin’s husband, a commercial tricyclist, was however killed by the police.
Her counsel, Adeolu Ajayi, said late Ogunsakin was hit by a stray bullet while taking passenger to Yaba in Ondo town.
Late Ogunsakin last child was delivered after his death.
Ajayi also appealed to the panel to recommend adequate compensation to the widow and her children as respite for their loss.
Mrs Oluwadare husband, an artisan, was killed by civilians.
She said her job as a hairdresser was not enough to cater for her three children.
“If the EndSARS protest had not happened, my husband would have been alive by now.
“My husband was killed in front of the Ondo State Government House during the EndSARS protest.
“He was on a bike. A vehicle was in front of the ‘Okada’. The protesters asked the driver to stop and they were molesting him.
In an attempt by the driver to escape, it ran into him. He was taken to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead”.
She appealed for proper compensation.
Meanwhile, the Ondo Panel has concluded hearing of all the 77 petitions it received
Chairman of the panel, Justice Adesola Sidiq (Rtd) said compilation of its report would begin immediately.
Justice Sidiq stated that the report would be submitted to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for further actions as it was not within the jurisdiction of the panel to make public their recommendations.