By Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
It has been a sad moment for the family of a 23 years old girl, Deborah Omoba who was allegedly hit by a bullet from the helicopter which hovered round major towns on the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State
Omoba who is currently lying critically at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja with the bullet still lodged in her thigh
It was gathered that no fewer than four people were reportedly killed when the helicopter allegedly released some gunshots and teargas on voters on queue specifically in areas suspected to be stronghold of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) during the election.
The victim as gathered was sleeping in her residence at the pastorium of the Apostolic church headquarters, Ajara quarters Lokoja when the bullet released from the helicopter which hovered round the compound few seconds earlier pieced through her body and lodged at the upper region of her thigh very close to her private part.
Conducting newsmen on Wednesday round the scene of the incident, the pastor in charge of the church, Abraham Olusegun said the victim, a daughter of one the Overseers of the church was observing her siesta on that fateful election day when she suddenly screamed from her sleep.
He explained that immediately they rushed into the room, they found the girl writhing in her pool of blood with the upper region of the thigh, very close to the vagina badly battered.
Olusegun said the victim was immediately rushed to the federal medical center Lokoja also narrated how the church was viciously attacked during the last general election, a development which he said gripped him and his family members with morbid fear as the police and other security agencies did nothing even when the case was reported.
Meanwhile, when Journalists visited the female surgical ward where the victim was admitted, she was seen lying critically.
When asked to relate what actually happened to her, she faintly opened her eyes, shrugged effortessly to utter some inaudible words before the matron in charge of the ward shoved off the reporters.
While speaking with journalists, the head of Clinical Services in the Federal Medical Centre, Dr Taiwo Jones said the pellet lodged at a nonsensitive part of the victim’s body which makes the extraction of the bullet at the moment very difficult.
He added that whenever a bullet was lodged at a very sensitive area of the body that could cause more damage, the best thing to do was to leave it for sometime and allow the body system to react and push the bullet to the surface which will make it easier for it to be removed by surgery.
Jones noted that the victim is now in a stable condition as all necessary medications and treatments have been carried out on her. He, however, narrated their experience during the election when he said the said helicopter also released some gunshots on the premises of the hospital which made everyone to scamper for safety.
According to him, it was Providence that saved staff and patients of the medical center as a live bullet was recovered at the consultant office while another live bullet was recovered at the hospital library.
He specifically said the Corp member attached to the library had to run away from her house because of sporadic gunshots to the hospital, only for her to narrowly escape being hit again by some bullet right in her office when she ran to hibernate.
He said when the management of the medical center reported the incident to the police with the live bullets, it was discovered that the bullets used by the helicopter were more deadly and bigger than that of the AK47 rifle.
When contacted for his reaction over the incident, the police commissioner, Hakeem Busari feigned ignorance of any helicopter releasing tear gas or gunshots on the election day saying” how can it happen when we are not in a war situation”