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Nigerian Girl Who Now Makes use of Crutches After Being Shot By SARS Males Tells Her Heartbreaking Story

Nigerian Woman Who Now Uses Crutches After Being Shot By SARS Men Tells Her Heartbreaking Story

Hannah Olugbodi

Mrs Hannah Olugbodi

A Nigerian girl recognized as Mrs Hannah Olugbodi has informed her unhappy story after she was shot at by males of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad in Lagos State.

The girl was shot on June 6, 2018. She tells TOBI AWORINDE how the incident occurred and laments the monetary and emotional toll it has taken on her and her household

When was your encounter with Particular Anti-Theft Squad operatives?

My expertise with SARS was on June 6, 2018. Once I returned from work earlier than 8pm, I went to Ijesha Market to purchase some pepper to organize my son’s breakfast to take to highschool the following day. Unknown to me, SARS males had gone to a lodge on Agunbiade Road close by. I heard they went there to ask whether or not the lodge supervisor was round. A employee within the lodge mentioned no. They (SARS policemen) informed the boys there that they needed to gather cash from them. The boys informed them, ‘The supervisor is just not round, you’ll be able to come again later.’ From there, they began taking pictures. Everyone ran. I too ran. The SARS operatives got here exterior and continued taking pictures. The bullet hit me in my left leg on the place I used to be shopping for pepper.

I misplaced consciousness and regained it on the hospital. Once I awoke, I informed my husband I needed to drink water. The physician mentioned they need to not give me water and that there was no mattress house for me. So, in my husband’s automobile, I used to be given the drip. At midnight, the hospital mentioned they had a mattress house and I used to be taken in. From that second, it was my husband that signed for any remedy or surgical procedure. I underwent three operations and it was my husband that paid. The federal government didn’t come or provide any assist. Even the funds for the mattress have been made by my husband. He used all the pieces he had and ended up broke. My sons haven’t gone to highschool since then.

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Which hospital have been you taken to?

I used to be taken to the Lagos College Educating Hospital.

How lengthy did you spend within the hospital?

I spent six months. However the authorities didn’t do something for us.

Have the SARS males been apprehended?

No. They didn’t keep after taking pictures. They ran away.

How outdated is your son?

My two sons are 13 and 7 years outdated. Whereas I used to be in hospital, they stayed with my mother-in-law. My husband used to come back house early within the morning as a result of he could be with me within the hospital. The docs at all times requested me to name my husband for him to donate blood, or for one factor or the opposite. There was a drug that they mentioned was N16,000 and I used it for 15 days as a result of I had an an infection in my leg. He couldn’t afford it. One operation was N180,000 and I had three operations.

How a lot have you ever spent in your remedy?

My husband is in a greater place to say. However the authorities has not even given us N5. Each week, we have been paying for the mattress house. We paid for all the pieces.

Are you imagined to endure any extra operations?

 

Sure, I used to be requested to return after one yr for an additional operation as a result of the leg is shortened. It’s not the identical size because it was initially. However there is no such thing as a cash, so I couldn’t go. I couldn’t even go for check-ups as a result of we pay for each check-up. Since I used to be given an appointment, I couldn’t go. Even the leg is just not fully healed. The bullet wound has not closed but. Once I go for a check-up, they deal with it, gather cash for the physician and the clinic.

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Has the bullet been eliminated?

The bullet didn’t lodge in my leg. I used to be informed it was an AK-47 rifle that I was shot with. It made a gap in my bone. So, the docs reduce the bone. The docs mentioned in the event that they didn’t reduce the bone, it might pose an issue in the long run. They reduce the bone, which made my leg shorter than regular. That’s the reason I can’t stroll nicely. I’ve to make use of crutches.

What do you do for a residing?

I am a hairstylist. However I’ve not been capable of do something since. My husband used to move items in his automobile. However he has not been capable of do this as nicely.

What would you like the federal government to do?

I need the federal government to provide my husband all the pieces he has spent in LUTH. They need to compensate us. Now, I can’t work and there’s no store for me. I’m at all times inside all day, in contrast to earlier than once I would go to the store and return house within the night. I enchantment to well-meaning Nigerians to assist me. However the authorities must see my leg. It’s dangerous.

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Supply: Saturday PUNCH

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