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#EndSARS: How Police Stray Bullet Crippled Me, Woman Tells Lagos Panel

Hannah Olugbodi, a victim of an alleged police stray bullet, has narrated to the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters, on Saturday,  how she can’t walk anymore, as a result of a  bullet that hit her leg.

Olugbodi said the unfortunate incident happened when she was going to buy spices for her family dinner at the Ijesha market where she was hit by the police bullet on June 6, 2018.

According to her,  the SARS officers were allegedly trying to extort some boys watching football when they started shooting at the boys who ran into the Ijesha market after they refused to be extorted. 

The woman said that she fainted after one of the stray bullets hit her leg and recovered at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) where she spent six months receiving medical treatments. 

She added that her husband had to sell his land in order to save her after she was initially told she could risk getting the leg amputated.

After showing the scars of her injuries to the panel, Olugbodi said she still has photos of the injuries at the early stage of the surgery.

She said that she wrote letters to Lagos State Government and Ministry of Justice for assistance and redress after the LUTH threatened to stop her medical service, but none of the letters was responded to.

Olugbodi said she couldn’t walk for two years and her leg bone is painfully very receptive to cold after she spent all her money on the surgery.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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