Lawmakers in Lagos state, Nigeria on Tuesday slammed officers of the Nigeria Police Force for the way they handled cases of victims of the Mile 12 fracas in which some residents were killed and properties destroyed.
The lawmakers particularly condemned the police for refusing to rescue Mr. Bolaji Kalejaiye, a candidate of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, who was shot on his way back from the examination.
They also called on the Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Fatai Owoseni, to investigate the police officers at the Mile 12 police post over the incident.
On the said day, the bullet had ripped through Kalejaiye’s stomach with his intestines gushing out. Courageously, he packed the intestines in his hands and ran to the Mile 12 police post.
Rather than assist him, the police officers on duty chased him away. He fell on his way back home and was on the ground till a neighbour rescued him and took him to a private hospital where the first treatment was administered on him.
The lawmakers agreed to write a letter of commendation to the doctor and staff of the private hospital where Kalejaiye was first treated before he was transferred to the state University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH.
The members of the state Assembly also called on the state government to grant the victim scholarship since he wants to study Medicine at the University of Ibadan and scored about 250.
In a report presented to the House by the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Olusegun Olulade, it was revealed that the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa led some lawmakers from the Assembly on Saturday, 12 March to visit Bolaji in the hospital where he underwent surgery after the incident.
The House resolved that a letter should be written to the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, to condemn the action of his men.
They specially commended the private hospital for not collecting any money before transferring him to LASUTH for further treatment.
According to Obasa, the story of Bolaji Kalejaiye is an interesting one, adding that he decided to visit the boy with other lawmakers after reading the story in a national newspaper on Saturday, 12 March.
“I called Hon. Olulade and others on the phone immediately and they all joined me in going to LASUTH to visit the boy. I want to commend Bolaji’s courage, determination and bravery.
“I was impressed to have read that after he was hit by a stray bullet, the boy packed his intestines with his cloth and ran to a police post, where he was rejected.
“He later fell down and was assisted to the hospital by the residents of the area. We need to commend the private hospital for treating the boy without asking for police report or money.
“We commend the doctors for their efforts in removing the bullet from the boy before he was taken to LASUTH,” Obasa said.
The Speaker then added that the state Police Commissioner should investigate the action of his men at the area and that the House should continue to pray for Bolaji as he would undergo a second surgery in the hospital next week.
In his contribution, the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, said that the action of the police in the matter should be condemned, but that people should not rush to police stations, when they sustain injuries.
Also, Rotimi Olowo, a lawmaker, advised that the police should use rubber bullets during crisis and that they should criminalise any act of vandalism.
In his submission, Victor Akande said that the state Commissioner of Police and the Inspector-General of Police should be called upon to teach their men modern policing.
Adedamola Kasunmu said that the police should know that their first duty is to combat crime and protect the lives of the people.
In his contribution, Gbolahan Yishawu stated that the boy was shot by the police that ought to protect him and also rejected by the same police.
“Sending the boy out is like sending him to his death.
“We should also consider the issue of scholarship. Issues of first aid should also be taught in our schools.
“Our movie industry should also produce films on first aid treatment,” he suggested.