Tuesday, August 27, 2013
'Snitch Lady' Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo still fighting street crime in Toronto
Booted from Canada -- despite her volunteer efforts to combat gun violence -- Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo now fights crime in her homeland Nigeria.
But she still keeps an ear to the ground on what's happening in Toronto, staying in touch with youth, police and other sources through social media. The city's latest murder victims -- Kwame Duodu, 15, and
O'She Doyles-Whyte, 16 -- hit her especially hard because she spent years passionately trying to keep such kids alive and spreading the word about Crime Stoppers.
"It's so tragic," Omololu-Olunloyo said Monday.
Duodu and Doyles-Whyte were killed exactly a year to the day she was sent packing by immigration officials after a failed refugee bid.
Omololu-Olunloyo said friends are "praising" the pair on Facebook and Twitter, where she's still known as The Snitch Lady.
"Teens are all confused on why these two were targeted and telling me they were not into drugs or guns," she said.
If Omololu-Olunloyo was still in Toronto, she'd be working to convince youth to talk to cops and potentially help nab the killers.
Instead Omololu-Olunloyo is helping catch bad guys in Nigeria.
Although she lives in "a relatively upscale neighbourhood," two people have been killed in four shootings in her area since June. "All were people coming from the bank who were followed," Omololu-Olunloyo said.
Last month, she was in her garden when gunshots rang out. A passenger on the back of a motorcycle was shot in a robbery by a man on another motorcycle.
"Everyone was screaming running away," Omololu-Olunloyo recalled.
"But I walked right up to the scene, grabbed the bleeding man, put him in a car and we headed to the hospital."
She said many people in her hometown, Ibadan, are "scared" to get involved and immune to the violence, so she tries to lead by example.
The man survived thanks, in part, to her actions.
She also snapped photos of the gunman and passed them onto police, who were able to make an arrest.
Earlier this month, three officers were killed in a shootout with bandits in a police station.
Another 22 dead cops were found buried in a mass grave in May.
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