It really was an unfortunate event that happened when the one-year-old Opeyemi Yusuf and his grandma were killed by a stray bullet.
Apparently, Opeyemi, the only child of her mother, was licking a lollipop, comfortably straddled to her grandma’s back and were en route to the market, when a bullet pierced through the back of the tricycle they were in.
The bullet hit Opeyemi in the head and penetrated to Mrs. Osayemi Victoria’s head, killing both victims on the spot.
The tricycle they boarded had ran into the middle of a gun battle between rival cult groups along Ishawo Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State. The driver of the tricycle, Awoyemi Olaoluwa, the other two passengers, on the right and left, escaped unhurt.
“I had picked Mama at Total bus stop. She was my second passenger and she was backing the child. I later picked another passenger along the road and she moved to the middle.
“I was heading towards the Agric bus stop along Ishawo Road. But when we got to Mechanic Village bus stop, I started hearing gunshots.
“My passengers asked me to hurry because there was a fight in the area. I was told the cultists were on motorcycles and were chasing and shooting at one another.
“We had not moved too far when I saw that the woman’s head was bowed and resting on my back seat.”
He said his clothes had also become soaked in blood.
The other passengers, who suddenly realised what had happened, were said to have raised the alarm.
“My passengers told me to stop. That was when I knew Mama and the child had been hit by a stray bullet,” he added.
The tricycle driver was said to have called for help as the other passengers alighted and mixed with a crowd of people that had formed around the scene but instead of helping the victims, the people started using their camera phones to take snapshots of the woman and the baby, who still had the lollipop stuck to his mouth.
Opeyemi’s mother, Bukola, a teacher, said she was supposed to be in the tricycle with her mother, because they had planned to go to the market together, “My mother came from Ekiti to Lagos. She had spent one month with us.
“We were to go to the market together. She collected Opeyemi from me and put him on her back. But as we were on the way, I remembered that I left my phone at home and told her I was going to pick it.
“I told her to wait for me at the bus stop. It was long after when I was called that something terrible had happened. I got to the place and saw the bodies of my son and my mother.”
The victims will be buried in Ekiti sate upon insistence by the family members.