A petitioner, Abayomi Likinyo, has narrated how police shot his leg without no reason at Lawason area of Lagos state in 2012.
Likinyo, in a petition submitted to the Lagos State Judicial Panel On Restitution For Victims Of Police Brutality, SARS related Abuses and Other Matters, explained that he was suddenly hit by bullet fired by a police officer into a crowd where there was an accident between a Honda Car and a motorcycle, saying that he was taken to the hospital by some good samaritans after crying out for help.
In the petition sighted by WesternPost, Likinyo added ” I worked with 3T Consulting Nigeria Limited located at 54B Itafaji road, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi before the ugly incident happened on the 16th March 2012 at about 8:15pm.
” As I was coming home from work, on my way to Lawason, an accident happened which involved a Honda Car and a Motorcycle around Akinyemi Thompson street, Lawanson. Crowd gathered at the accident scene and suddenly I heard a gunshot from behind then I fell down and could not walk. I discovered that I was shot on my right leg, then screamed for help. Some good samaritans came to my rescue and took me to the nearest hospital but the hospital could not treat me because they asked for police report”.
” My family members went to Itire police station and got a police report. From the hospital, I was transferred to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital ( LASUTH) where I was only given First Aid because of lack of bed space. From there, I was referred to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi”, said the petitioner.
” After 5days on admission, one Mr Orukotan who claimed to be the Investigation Police Officer (IPO) in charge of the case and one unidentified man whom I believed was the commander, came to take my statement on tape with iPad on what happened. The next day, Mr Orukotan came begging me to change my statement that I did not see any police officer at the incident scene. And I asked him why?, he said the police have accepted to take financial responsibilities of my hospital Bill’s and also compensate me after discharge.
” Because of these promises, I changed my statement and a sum of N100,000 was deposited to the hospital for my treatment. After the burden was much on me, I called Mr Orukotan again and another N50,000 was paid to the hospital. I was promised more money to continue the treatment but Mr Orukotan never came back till date.
” It was my family and friends who later paid all my bills till I was discharged from the hospital. I was abandoned for 4months at home, then, I tried to call and message Mr Orukotan severally. With this, I managed to get a sum of N10,000 from one Mr Edet Effiong and I called Mr Orukotan immediately to inform him of the amount sent by the Effiong. Mr Orukotan told me to make use of the money till the end of the month. Since then, I was abandoned and none of the policemen got across to me again.
” I still have to go through a major surgery in order to remove the (LSR) in my leg which has now become a major problem of my life because I can’t do anything with the leg and there is no money to do the surgery.
” I want the judicial panel to compel the Nigerian police to take financial responsibilities of the surgical operation and also pay me compensation for my health”, said the petitioner.