Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Mile 12 Clash: "I used my hands to hold my intestine from falling down" By Student hit from police bullet on his way back from Jamb Exam
As a survivor of the Mile 12 clash, Kalejaiye Bolaji, who has just undergone one phase of surgical treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and still waiting to undergo another phase of the surgeries.
He narrated his experience of the deadly Mile 12 clash in Lagos:
"I had just left my center after writing the JAMB test and when I got to the road at Mile 12, I saw people raising their hands, and I also did same, just to be able to get home", he started.
He described how a bullet from the Nigerian police suddenly pierced him from behind. As Kalejaiye looked down, he saw his intestine pouring out of the front of his stomach.
"I used my hands to hold my intestine from falling down and I was pushing them back inside", he continued.
The survivor said he saw a police station and hastened his steps there for protection and help, but was bounced out by the police officers who saw him dying with a bullet in his stomach.
"They said this is a police station and not a hospital. They shouted at me to go out", he said as he narrated.
A medical enthusiast, Bolaji who scored 250 in the JAMB test said he is studying with utmost dream to become a medical doctor.
"I have a strong will to live my dream as a medical doctor and I have assured my parents that I shall survive this. I will not die", he declared.
Human rights activist, Joe Okei-Odumakin, who visited the survivor at LASUTH assured him and his parents of helping to mobilize supports for proper treatments until his full recovery.
He decried the rejection and neglect by police officers who ought to help unprotected citizens and guard them, but left the injured Bolaji and other victims at the instance of crisis.