How The Police Shot Me Whereas Attempting To Rescue Sufferer – 22-Yr-Outdated Vogue Designer Opens Up

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Gbadebo Sodiq

A Nigerian man recognized as Gbadebo Sodiq, has instructed the story of how he was shot by the police.

Sodiq, a designer who is admitted to Ladoke Akintola College of Know-how Educating Hospital in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, tells OLUFEMI OLANIYI how he was shot by police on October 11

What is your identify?

My identify is Gbadebo Sodiq. I’m 22 years previous.

Why had been you admitted in hospital?

I used to be shot.

Who shot you and what did you do?

I used to be shot by the police. I didn’t do something.

Have been you a part of the #EndSARS protests?

No, I used to be not a part of the protest. I’m a designer.

The place had been you shot and when did it occur?

I was shot final Sunday. I heard {that a} younger boy (Lekan) was shot by the police and there was no one to rescue him. I went to the scene to rescue him.

Did you go there with a bike or how did you propose to take him to hospital?

I simply went there to assist him. I knew if I carried him away from the scene, I would assist save his life. I didn’t go there with a motorcycle. I’m not an okada rider.

Which a part of the city did it occur?

He was shot within the Owode space, near the police station there. I stay in that space as properly.

 

Was the boy you wished to rescue a part of the protest?

I don’t assume so. I heard that he was coming from church and I imagine he was hit by a stray bullet. The boy is even the one few beds away from mine. I used to be not a part of the protest in any means. I used to be moved to assist him as a result of Lekan is a youthful brother to my buddy. I went to the scene to rescue him and instantly I bent down, I used to be shot. That was how we had been all dropped at the hospital (LAUTECH Educating Hospital, Ogbomoso).

Is the federal government answerable for your hospital payments or who’s paying the payments?

My mummy is the one paying and he or she has been borrowing from pals and kin to pay.

What work does your mom do?

She is a hawker. I would like authorities to assist me. I do know my mummy is struggling and my trend enterprise can be not thriving but. The coronavirus pandemic has additionally not helped issues. There isn’t any assist anyplace. We have now been working simply to remain alive however with this now, her enterprise has been badly affected and I simply pray to have the ability to stroll properly and use my proper leg the place the bulletin hit me.

Governor Seyi Makinde got here to Ogbomoso on Tuesday. Did he not come right here to see the victims of the violence?

No, he didn’t come right here. I feel he didn’t know that a few of us are right here. I learnt that he visited these admitted at Bowen College Educating Hospital. I do know he would have helped us if he knew.

Have you ever ever been harassed or extorted by police earlier than?

No. I don’t do something that violates the regulation and I’ve not been arrested or harassed by the police. I used to be by no means a part of the protest. I used to be simply attempting to assist when the bullet hit me.

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Supply: The PUNCH



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