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Ojewale Mutairu, a 45-year-old mechanic cum house owner who survived a kidnap attack in Soyeye, Abeokuta-North local government area of Ogun state, has cried out from his hospital bed, lamenting the financial burden of treating himself and the government’s lack of concern for his welfare .
Thirty-one days counting from whence the incident took place in the night of October 19, at Abule Ijaiye, Mutairu had run out of his room to settle a scuttle which he perceived to have flared up as he heard a sudden scampering of feets.
Upon setting his eyes on the kidnappers bearing guns, the shock from the pandemonium that met his eyes and the uproar by neighbours who were obviously running for their lives, alarming that ‘thieves and kidnappers’ were attacking them, made his limbs numb and coundn’t be quick to run for his life.
“After a bullet was shot to the air, the next one landed on my right leg,” Mutairu said, recounting the nightmare that collapsed on his reality from his hospital bed.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that no fewer than two were shot that night, while Mutairu was fortunate to survive the attack, the second person met his maker having been shot and macheted in a delicate position, and his wife reportedly abducted afterwards.
“Kidnappers came to my house, they came to attack the house opposite mine.” He started.
“I just got home that day around 8:00 – 8:30p.m. So I noticed that it was as if two people were dragging something.
“I thought it was my children that were fighting, so I came outside to find out what happened.
“That was when the people raised the alarm that they were thieves, kidnappers.
“The kidnappers thought I wanted to come to the people’s rescue, so he shot his gun into the air and the second on my leg.
“The gun really destroyed my leg, but thanks to the medical treatments here, it was not amputated and my hope is restored.” He said.
Groaning in pains, he said “as I speak with you, I am still on admission at the general hospital, Ijaiye, since October 19 when that incident happened,” he said.
In his ordeal, he told PLATFORM TIMES that no government official has been to the hospital to check up on his welfare or help him financially.
In his words: “I didn’t get the government’s support. I only got support from some members of my community.
“I spent over N140,000 on the surgery, but I have spent over N400,000 since I got to the hospital without any assistance or help from the government. Thank God for the landlord association in my community and others, else, the story would have been awful.
“I have heard them announce the incident on radio stations, but no assistance from the government yet. I don’t know if the local government chairman is aware or he decided to pay no attention to it.
“I cannot force them to do anything, all I can do is plead that they help us in all posible way that they can because the community is not safe, even as I am here, reports reaching me are that several people have relocated and deserted their houses in the community since the incident happened.” Mutairu lamented as he called out the government for support.
Appreciating the good work done by the medical practitioners in the hospital (undisclosed), Mutairu reiterated that “if not for the good job done by the hospital, his leg would have been amputated.”
He told PLATFORM times that a couple of bullets were removed from the leg and the affected bone had been arranged to bone while the flesh is still being dressed for proper healing.
He said, “Initially, I thought the leg would be amputated but it was not eventually because of the good job from the hospital and some people that came to my aid on time.
“They did the surgery, removed the bullets and arranged the bones.
“The bullets removed from the leg were more than one because it’s one of those guns that get scattered when shot. I don’t really know the total number but more than one or two were extracted and handed over to my family.” He explained.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the police command was not aware of his case except for the man who was killed and the kidnap of his wife on the night of the incident.
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