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A 62-year-old man, Olaoluwa Kusimo on Thursday, told the Ogun state Judicial Panel of Investigation how his right leg was amputated after he was shot by a police officer, identified as Moshood.
Kusimo narrated his ordeal in the hands of his assailant to members of the panel sitting at Magistrate Court 1, Isabo, Abeokuta.
He said the incident happened on February 9, 2012, when two police officers accosted him around Iporo Ake area of Abeokuta in the afternoon and one of them shot him and they both ran away.
The petitioner explained that he was arrested by men of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the entrance of the state general hospital where he was rushed to by neighbours for medical attention.
He alleged that he was detained for 37 days at the defunct SARS office in Magbon area of Abeokuta where he was tortured with hot iron.
Kusimo added that the SARS operatives asked him to confess to being an armed robber.
He said for the 37 days he spent in detention, he was denied medical treatment, hence his health deteriorated.
He explained that, due to neglect and lack of proper care for the leg, it started producing maggots and smelling pus which later degenerated to the level of amputation in April 2012.
Kusimo disclosed that, he was released to go back to the hospital for treatment when the odour emanating from the leg became unbearable for the police.
He added that he sold his uncompleted house for N500,000 to pay for his hospital bills.
His words, “I was rushed to the General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta by neighbours. After I have received some treatment, I was asked to go for X-Ray the second day.
“To my surprise, I got arrested at the hospital’s gate by some officers of the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad from Magbon, Abeokuta and was put behind counter for 37 days, tortured with hot iron and asked to confess that I was an armed robber which I refused.
“At this point, we had no money again to purchase drugs and pay hospital bills. I had to sell my uncompleted building which was ready for roofing for just N500,000 to take care of the medical bills”.