EndSARS: I Need Govt's Financial Support Not Police N250,000 To Fix My Leg - Stray Bullet Victim Tells Ogun Panel - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Monday, November 9, 2020

EndSARS: I Need Govt's Financial Support Not Police N250,000 To Fix My Leg - Stray Bullet Victim Tells Ogun Panel

                           • Ganiyu

A victim of stray bullet from a yet to be identified police officer in Abeokuta, Mr. Kamol Ganiyu, has pleaded with the State Government to support him financially so that he could fix his bullet - shattered leg,  walk again and live a normal life.

Mr. Ganiyu made the plea on Monday in Abeokuta, the state capital, when he appeared before the Ogun Judicial Panel of Investigation set up to investigate complaints of victims on police brutality, human rights violations and extra judicial killings by security operatives within the State.

"I need government's support because in the x-ray I took, it was revealed that my joint has been damaged by the gun shot and a huge amount is needed to fly me out for adequate treatment", Mr. Ganiyu asked.

The unfortunate incident occurred at Ibara area of the state on July 17, 2018.

The petitioner told the Panel that after the incidence, "the police officers handling the case called me to Elewe-Eran Police station, offered me N250,000 and asked me to sign a form that I would not pursue the case in court which I refused to take and sign".

Presenting his case before the Panel, the petitioner said, "I was driving and right under Ibara bridge in Abeokuta, I heard a gun shot which penetrated my car and destroyed my right leg, I fainted after loosing so much blood and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta where I spent over six months receiving treatment". 

On their part, the respondents,  Akeem Jimoh, an Assistant Superintendent of Police ( ASP)
and Inspector Lola Onifade who were accused of offering the victim a sum of two hundred and fifty thousands naira to bury the case denied the accusation meanwhile the respondents did not reveal the police officer who shot Mr. Ganiyu.

Speaking, the Chairman, Ogun Judicial Panel of Investigation, Hon. Justice Solomon Olugbemi said that a total of 207 medical bill receipts, 8 photographs and a cloth with blood stain were received while the car with bullet hole was also inspected and marked as evidence as presented by the petitioner.

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