A former marketer of the defunct Etisalat Telecommunications Company (now 9mobile) was among the casualties at the Lekki toll gate Tuesday evening’s shooting by officers of the Nigerian army.
Anthony Okechukwu lived at Sangotedo, a suburb along the Lekki-Epe expressway, and was said to be an active participant of the protest before his death.
The Lekki toll plaza has been a rallying point of the nationwide protest where many Nigerians had consistently gathered to kick against police brutality and maladministration in the country.
At about 9:29 p.m. on Tuesday, a Facebook user, Henry Onongaya, announced the death of Mr Okechukwu on his wall.
Mr Onongaya did not give details of how Mr Okechukwu, whom he described as his relative, died.
His post reads; “God is it your will for us to be dying at the youthful age. God this is too much for me to handle. But all the same LET YOUR WILL BE DONE. RIP BLOOD,” adding; “RIP blood, I will love you for life and I won’t forget this day. I will always remember you every 20th of October. I love you.”
His post seems to be reacting to an ugly trend as he had earlier on October 16 mourned another young man, identified simply as Uche.
Meanwhile, almost every comment on Mr Onongaya’s post described Mr. Okechukwu, as a strong believer in Nigeria’s project, and spoke glowingly about his commitment to the protest since it broke out on October 8.
Another Facebook user, Ogah Ochanya Agnes, claimed she received the news through Mr Onongaya’s girlfriend, who is identified as Amarachi. Amarachy’s name on Facebook is Army Pearl.