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

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Mrs Hannah Olugbodi

A Nigerian girl recognized as Mrs Hannah Olugbodi has advised 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. After 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 subsequent day. Unknown to me, SARS males had gone to a resort on Agunbiade Road close by. I heard they went there to ask whether or not the resort supervisor was round. A employee within the resort mentioned no. They (SARS policemen) advised the boys there that they needed to acquire cash from them. The boys advised them, ‘The supervisor isn’t round, you may come again later.’ From there, they began capturing. All people ran. I too ran. The SARS operatives got here exterior and continued capturing. 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. After I awakened, I advised 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 automotive, 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 therapy or surgical procedure. I underwent three operations and it was my husband that paid. The federal government didn’t come or supply any assist. Even the funds for the mattress have been made by my husband. He used the whole lot he had and ended up broke. My sons haven’t gone to highschool since then.

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 capturing. They ran away.

How previous is your son?

My two sons are 13 and 7 years previous. Whereas I used to be in hospital, they stayed with my mother-in-law. My husband used to come back dwelling early within the morning as a result of he can 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 therapy?

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 the whole lot.

Are you imagined to bear any extra operations?

 

Sure, I used to be requested to return after one yr for one more 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 isn’t fully healed. The bullet wound has not closed but. After I go for a check-up, they deal with it, acquire cash for the physician and the clinic.

Has the bullet been eliminated?

The bullet didn’t lodge in my leg. I used to be advised 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 properly. I’ve to make use of crutches.

What do you do for a dwelling?

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

What would you like the federal government to do?

I need the federal government to present my husband the whole lot 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 dwelling within the night. I enchantment to well-meaning Nigerians to assist me. However the authorities must see my leg. It’s unhealthy.

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