While the nations wait for the result of the investigation from the Lagos state Judicial Panel for the compensation of Victims of SARS related abuses and the Lekki-tollgate shooting that took place on October 20th. A lot of the Lekki shooting casualties have come out to share their survival stories and the death of their loved ones.
In an interview with AriseTV, the victims described their sad stories.
Also, a casualty Edwin Augustine recalled how he was shot by an army officer the day he joins the protest, even though they were unarmed and harmless.
”I was at the snooker board that night but I don’t know how to play snooker. I was standing with him while he was playing. I was like let me go and check my phone that was charging. The lights went off and we were like what is wrong?”
“The next thing I heard was shooting everywhere. The guy that was leading me to the charging point was shot at the side. I received my own on my thigh. Right now the bullet is still inside of me. It has not yet been removed”.
“The next day I woke up and saw myself at Ikeja General Hospital”.
“The bullet inside me is giving me discomfort and affecting my leg, making it swell every day. Sometimes my leg gets stiff”.
“Sometimes I wonder why the government is saying they didn’t shoot at us while I am still having the bullet in my body”
Mr. Tunde Odeyemi, one of the sufferer’s father narrated the condition he met his son in the hospital after the event.
“I met him lying down, being treated by the corner of the hospital. He couldn’t talk to me, he couldn’t open his eyes. I was surprised to see him in that position”.
“I had to try and see the doctor so he can be transferred to Ikeja. They wrote a letter that he should be transferred that night but they said there was no ambulance. It was the next day in the night that they brought us to the emergency ward in Ikeja”.
“That very day, they asked us to go do an X-Ray of the brain. When the doctor studied it, he noticed that there was blood at the front and back of the brain and he said that is why he (the son) cannot say anything now and that when they start giving him drugs, the blood will vanish”.
“It was about 5 days later that he started talking. He did not get himself well until when they discharged us from the hospital”.
Adeyemi said his son has been discharged and to go for a checkup by January, but currently engaged a nurse for his home treatment
Olufunmi Aiyedungbe in her response during the interview related how her brother Aiyedungbe Gabriel Ayoola, died during the protest. Olufunmi who wept uncontrollably said her deceased brother was shot in the head.
”I am speaking on behalf of my brother Aiyedungbe Gabriel Ayoola. He was shot in the head. We were actually looking for him because he doesn’t stay with us so it was like two days before he passed on that somebody sent this(a message) to me on WhatsApp. They wrote it there that he is at LASUTH and that they are looking for his family. So we went to LASUTH”,
“They said he was unconscious for like two weeks. By the time we got there, he had opened his eyes and he was moving his hands but he couldn’t talk. They were feeding him through his nose. There was sores all over his body because they did not turn him for a long time. I think he did not get medical attention. That was what led to his death eventually”.
Watch video narrating their encounters below: