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Deformed man tells panel how policeman shot him, six others over N20 bribe


A passenger of a industrial bus, Amos Odeyemi, who has been deformed after he was shot by a police officer in 2003 has filed a petition earlier than the Osun Judicial Panel.

Adeyemi had his decrease lip, jaw and enamel ripped off by the police bullet.

According to him, a member of the police workforce recognized as Constable Olalere George (with Force No. 367218 PC) fired gun photographs on the bus and wounded 7 out of the 18 passengers contained in the bus, after the motive force paid “N20 customary toll fee” and was cleared by one other police.

Adeyemi stated, he was a Produce Merchant and was going to Offa, Kwara State from Modakeke.

He boarded the bus with quantity XC 778 SGB in Osogbo Osun State to purchase cashew nuts on June 22, 2003, when the incident occurred.

In his petition, Adeyemi sought redress for the brutality he suffered from the members of the Nigeria Police Force, Osun State Command, the accidents, pains, deformations and lots of different opposed results the accidents have been having on him from that day until date.

The petition learn: “At the Railway Crossing, Okuku, a Police Patrol team mounted a check point where the bus Driver (Mr. Ibrahim Olagoke) was stopped, the bus was searched, and the Driver dropped the “customary toll fee” (which was then N20.00 per police test level) and he was cleared to go by the Police Officer who checked the bus by waiving his hand.

“As the bus moved, one other member of the Police workforce (later recognized as/Constable Olalere George (with Force No. 367218 PC) fired gun photographs on the bus and wounded 7 out of the 18 passengers contained in the bus, together with the Petitioner. Constable George’s gunshot entered the Petitioner’s head from the again and got here out via mouth and within the course of, scattered the Petitioner’s mouth, lips, enamel and jaw with blood gushing out from his physique.

“Our Client immediately fell into coma whereas the Police Officers ran away from the scene of the crime abandoning our Client and different victims there to die. Till date, the Police Authorities haven’t disciplined Constable George, members of his workforce and Divisional Police Officer who gave them weapons to make use of towards harmless members of the Public on the stated test level.

“Good Samaritans rushed the Petitioner to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH) Osogbo the place he was handled. Due to his important circumstances, he was later referred to Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAUTHC) Ile Ife the place he underwent surgical procedures and different medical remedies to take away the bullets from his physique and head by a medical workforce led by Dr. Vincent Ugboko, a Consultant Anatomy Expert and Lecturer. Our Client was on admission at OAUTHC for a number of months and he has since then remained on medication to scale back his pains.

“Due to lack of the required services and manpower in Nigeria, Dr. Ugboko really helpful the Petitioner for cosmetic surgery and additional medical therapy abroad vide a letter dated 20/7/2004.

“In response, the University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, United States of America vide a letter dated 20/8/2004 provided to deal with the Petitioner for $120.000 USD (One hundred and twenty thousand US {dollars}) excluding travelling and dwelling bills.

“The surgical procedures have been to be carried out in phases overlaying a interval of 14 months, throughout which interval he was to stay in Miami with a helper. Copies of the stated 2 letters are hooked up as Annexure GAAC 1 and GAAC 2 respectively.

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“The Petitioner used his life financial savings, the proceeds of the gross sales of his private properties and loans for his therapy in Nigeria with none help from the

Police Authorities, regardless of his repeated appeals. As a end result, our Client filed a case on the Federal High Court, Osogbo to hunt authorized redress in Suit No. FHC/OS/CS/17/2003:- Amos Odeyemi Vs. (1) Inspector-General of Police (2) Paneler of Police Osun State (3) Constable Olalere George and (4) Attorney General of the Federation whereby the Learned Trial Judge, Hon. Justice Chukwura Nnamani in his judgment delivered on 8/12/2004 held amongst different issues that in capturing the Petitioner, Constable Olalere George

was reckless and grossly negligent, the Inspector General of Police and the opposite Defendants have been vicariously accountable for the unlawful, unconstitutional and unjustified capturing of the Petitioner.

“The bus Driver, (Mr. Olagoke) the Leader of the medical workforce, Dr. Ugboko and the Petitioner have been a number of the witnesses who testified in the course of the trial. Regrettably, the Court awarded a meagre sum of N1 million solely as particular, common and exemplary damages in favour of the Petitioner and with out ordering for his additional therapy overseas and/and even in Nigeria.

“The stated sum of N1 million was not ample to cowl the Petitioner’s travelling bills not to mention the surgical procedures and lodging he wanted within the USA. The Police Authorities paid the #1 million in the course of the pendency of the enchantment towards the quantum of damages in Appeal No. CAD/125/2006: Amos Odeyemi vs. IGP & 4 Ors which has now been mounted for 213.2021

“As a results of the incident, the Petitioner has misplaced his decrease lip, decrease jaw and enamel, he can now not reside a mean regular life, farm, keep on his produce service provider enterprise or do every other job, eat any strong meals, discuss properly, management his saliva, seem in public with out utilizing a towel to cowl his mouth lengthy earlier than covid – 19 pandemic surfaced and made the usage of nostril masks obligatory in 2020.

“The Petitioner has been maimed, disfigured completely and he now appears to be like like a monster whose look frightens most individuals and drives away folks from him. He has been experiencing severe pains and discomforts on day by day foundation and he stays on medicine. If he walks in the course of the day, blood and saliva might be gushing out uncontrollable from his mouth. He is now just about a human vegetable. He was solely 45 years previous when the incident occurred however he’s now 62 years previous. He has a spouse and three youngsters and he’s now dwelling on the

mercy of God, mates and Well-wishers. 2.08: Some print and digital media have additionally printed the Petitioner’s tragedy.”

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