By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A petitioner, Mr. Amos Adeyemi, has narrated to the Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra-Judicial Killings how his mouth was brutalized on the 22nd June, 2003 by some policemen at a checkpoint.
Adeyemi, while narrating his ordeal before the panel during proceedings on Thursday said he had remained disfigured and ugly since the illegal attack.
The petitioner explained that he was traveling from Osogbo, Osun State, to Offa, Kwara State, on 22nd June, 2003 in a commercial bus along with other 17 passengers when the bus was accosted at Nigeria Railway Crossing Police checkpoint, Okuku, Osun State, by a patrol team of the Nigeria Police Force.
Adeyemi noted that the journey was very smooth until they got to a police patrol team comprising six policemen and the bus was stopped by one of the policemen for stop and search.
According to him, “As the bus moved, another member of the police team on the other side (later identified as Constable Olalere George with Force No. 367218PC) fired gun shots at the bus and wounded 7 out of the 18 passengers.
“The gunshots entered the bus from the back, shattered the back and front glasses of the bus, hit my head from the back and came out through the mouth, and in the process, scattered my mouth, lips, teeth and jaw with blood gushing out from my body.
“I fell instantly into coma and I became unconscious. I was taken to Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, where I spent several days and was later transferred to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, where several surgical operations were conducted on me.
“As a result of the incident, I became permanently disfigured as I have lost my lower lip, lower jaw and some teeth and I can not live an average normal life. I can’t farm. I can’t do any work. Neither can I eat any solid food, talk well, control saliva nor appear in public without using a towel to cover my mouth long before Covid-19 pandemic surfaced.
“I used to be a very handsome man before the incident as evidenced in the pictures I took before the incident and tendered before the panel as exhibits.
“I prayed the panel to show mercy on me for justice as I demand the Federal Government of Nigeria, Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of police Osun State to come to my rescue by taking me abroad for further medical treatment and pay me a sum of N20 million as compensation for the pains, agonies, mental and psychological trauma I suffered as a result of the gunshots fired at me.”
Adeyemi had filed a petition before the panel seeking redress for the brutality, gross violation of his human rights, gun shots fired at him which resorted to his lower jaw being chopped off.