Festac bank rob­bery: ‘I can’t be­lieve my wife, daugh­ter are gone’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

Mr Peter Njirika, the hus­band of the woman killed with her two-year old daugh­ter by stray bullet in their home dur­ing a gun duel be­tween the po­lice and armed rob­bers who raided banks at Festac Town in La­gos on Tues­day, said yesterday he had not come to terms with the death of his loved ones.

He told Daily Trust that it was as if his whole world had ended when he re­ceived news that his wife, Jane and daugh­ter, Mme­soma, had died when he re­turned from work on Tues­day, de­scrib­ing it as shock­ing and painful.

A tear­ful Mr Njirika, an evan­ge­list with the Lord’s Cho­sen Church, said: “I rushed back home from work af­ter re­ceiv­ing a phone call from a neigh­bour that my wife and daugh­ter were in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

“When I got back home, I saw blood ev­ery­where and I met peo­ple in the house, a girl was clean­ing the blood and shout­ing, “my sis­ter! my sis­ter!” I tried to find out what had hap­pened to her sis­ter who ap­par­ently was my wife, but she would not give me an an­swer.

“Still con­fused, some­one among them told me to go to the hos­pi­tal at First Gate. When I got there, I saw my wife ly­ing down mo­tion­lessly. I tried to find out what hap­pened, but sud­denly, I re­alised that my daugh­ter too was not there, so I asked about my daugh­ter. They told me that they had taken her to Navy Hos­pi­tal at Satel­lite Town.

“I had to take my wife away from where she was to another hos­pi­tal where I was later told to trans­fer her to Alimosho Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal where she used to work as a nurse.

“It was there that she was con­firmed dead. She has since been taken to a mor­tu­ary around Isolo Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. I was still in the shock of that tragedy when I re­ceived a phone call from my wife’s younger brother. I asked him where my daugh­ter was and he told me that she died as well.”

Njirika said his wife was the type that worked for hu­man­ity. “She liked pleas­ing peo­ple. Her dad is late and her mum is in her six­ties. She was from Umoji LGA of Anam­bra State. The fact re­mains that we don’t have to blame any­body, even God who al­lowed it to hap­pen be­cause I be­lieve there is noth­ing that can hap­pen in this world with­out His per­mis­sion.

“We all should learn from what has hap­pened . As she has gone, the way I knew her, and who she meant to me, I know she and my lit­tle daugh­ter are in a bet­ter place. And to all of us that are still liv­ing to­day, we are all go­ing to meet her be­cause death is in­evitable”.

Njirika said his baby was buried Tues­day night while the mother’s corpse is still in the mor­tu­ary.

Mean­while, the po­lice anti-bomb squad has moved into Ac­cess and Diamond banks on 4th Av­enue, Festac Town, venues of the rob­bery, search­ing for ev­i­dence that could lead to un­mask­ing the iden­ti­ties of those be­hind the rob­bery.

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