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I want my leg restored, not compensation- SARS victim


By Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta

An Ogun resident and victim of stray bullet from a yet-to-be identified police officer in Abeokuta, Mr. Kamol Ganiyu, has pleaded for support to walk again.

Ganiyu made the plea on Monday when he appeared before Ogun Judicial Panel of Investigation set up to investigate complaints of victims on police brutality, human rights violations and extra judicial killings by security operatives within the state.

He said he would like to be able to lead his normal life again.

“I need government’s support because in the x-ray I took, it was revealed that my joint has been damaged by the gunshot and a huge amount is needed to fly me out for adequate treatment,” he stated.

The incident happened on July 17, 2017.

The petitioner added after the incidence, “the police officers handling the case called me to Elewe-Eran Police station, offered me N250,000 and asked me to sign a form that I would not pursue the case in court which I refused to take and sign.”

According to him: “I was driving and right under Ibara bridge in Abeokuta, I heard a gunshot which penetrated my car and destroyed my right leg.

“I fainted after losing so much blood and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta where I spent over six months receiving treatment”.

ASP Akeem Jimoh and Inspector Lola Onifade accused of offering the victim compensation to bury the case denied the accusation.

But they did not reveal the police officer who shot Ganiyu.

Chairman, Ogun Judicial Panel of Investigation, Hon. Justice Solomon Olugbemi, said 207 medical bill receipts, 8 photographs and a cloth with blood stain were received while the car with bullet hole was also inspected and marked as evidence presented by the petitioner.

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