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– An 18-year-old admission seeker, Samuel Omojuwa has been allegedly shot by the Ketu Police Division, Lagos state
– Samuel’s elder brother, David, a businessman, was said to have also attacked with a cutlass by another member of the police
One of the policemen attached to the Ketu Police Division, Lagos state allegedly shot an 18-year-old admission seeker, Samuel Omojuwahe in the leg on Sunday, October 25.
While Samuel’s elder brother, David, a businessman, was also attacked with a cutlass by another member of the three-man police team on Omojuwa street of the state.
Samuel is in critical condition at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, in the state. One of the policemen was identified simply as Inspector Gboyega.
Meanwhile, the police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, denied that the policemen shot Samuel and attacked David with a cutlass, saying the police were not farmers.
Punch reports that the policemen had attempted to arrest a commercial motorcycle rider for allegedly breaking a traffic rule.
The rider, whose motorcycle was reportedly confiscated, was said to have struggled with the officers.
The policemen allegedly hit the motorcyclist with a cutlass, which made his colleagues angry and intervened at the junction.
It was learned that David, the son of a community leader, reportedly approached the policemen.
”The policemen are well known to us. So, David thought he could mediate. But one of them, who didn’t know David, attacked him with a cutlass.
”His younger brother, Samuel, who witnessed the incident, abused the officers from the front of their house, which was a bit far from the scene. One of the policemen fired a shot, which hit him in the leg,” a resident of the area, Abayomi Salaudeen, said.
A member of the victim’s family, Emmanuel, said the family and some other residents went to the station to demand an explanation for the action.
”But the policemen at Ketu division said it was not their division that carried out the operation. When we continued our protest because we saw the operational vehicle they brought in the station, they later brought him out of the cell.
”He was then taken to the accident and emergency center at the tollgate area in Ojota, where he was given first aid,” he added.
Information reveals that the victim was transferred to the NOHI on Monday, October 26, where he was placed on admission.
The police were alleged to have abandoned him despite promising to foot the hospital bill.
”They didn’t release the police report on time. They also didn’t pay the hospital bill. The Ketu Divisional Police Officer told us all kinds of lies, saying it was a minor injury and within six days he would walk; whereas the bullet broke the boy’s bones,” Emmanuel added.
The victim, who later expressed the state of his critical health in the hospital bed, said he was in pain, adding that the bullet had been removed from his leg.
”I am in serious pain. I have injuries all over my body. Doctors have removed the bullet today,” he said.
Bayo Omojuwa, a family member, called for justice.
”I want the law to take its course. I have seen the Area Commander, who acted promptly and promised to do something about the matter. The case is nothing but an abuse of power and I want the culprits brought to book,” he said.
Meanwhile, a police driver killed two people while trying to stop an overloaded commercial bus on the Asaba-Ibusa-Ogwashi-Uku expressway, Oshimili area of Delta state, on Thursday, October 6.