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Nigeria protests as Nigerian-American 19-Year-Old ‘Black Lives Matter’ activist Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau found dead

A social media firestorm started after news circulated that a 19-year-old woman named Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau was found dead on Monday morning.

The Florida teenager had been very vocal about the recent events leading up to the Black Lives Matter protests over racism and police brutality across the country. The news comes after a recent online petition was created demanding justice for the slain activist.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Salau was one of two victims discovered over the weekend off the road in southeast Tallahassee, a couple of miles from where she was last seen at a library. Victoria “Vicki” Sims, 75, who also had been reported missing, is the second victim was also well-known for her volunteerism and work in local Democratic politics.

Salau went missing three days prior until she was found dead Saturday night. “There is no justice that can be served that will replace my sister’s life,” her brother, Oluwaseyi Salau said to the Tallahassee Democrat. 

Her last series of tweets from her Twitter page detailed her recent account of an unknown man molesting her along with his description. This was the last anyone had heard from her before she was found dead.

“Anyways I was molested in Tallahassee, Florida by a black man this morning at 5:30 on Richview and Park Ave. The man offered to give me a ride to find someplace to sleep and recollect my belongings from a church I refuged to a couple days back to escape unjust living conditions.”

Police identified the suspect of the double homicide as Aaron Glee Jr, 49, who had been arrested twice recently for violent offenses. According to WCTV, documents also say that Glee said he often helps homeless people.

The probable cause affidavit says a victim had offered Glee sexual favors in exchange for two bottles of liquor but she changed her mind.

Investigators have not released a motive or any other details about what led to the double homicide.

Meanwhile, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has called on the government of the United States to ensure a thorough investigation of the killing of Toyin Salau.

The NiDCOM chief described the murder of the 19-year-old Nigerian-American activist as highly depressing and cruel.

In a statement signed by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of NiDCOM, Dabiri-Erewa said the U.S government must conduct a thorough investigation on the circumstances leading to Ms Salau’s death.

The NIDCOM boss condoled with the immediate family of Ms Salau who died while advocating against oppression and injustice.

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