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