May 20, 2024

I want to be a medical doctor, says 11-year-old boy hit by stray bullet during #EndSARS protest

Eleven years old boy, Master Osasu Omoigui who was hit by a stray bullet on his genital during the #EndSARS protest has said he would like to be a medical doctor when he grows up.

The primary three pupil of Maria Christian Academy, Benin, who spoke with journalists when his Mother, Stella Omoigui, appeared before the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of the SARS and Police related abuses to present her petition pleaded with the state and federal government to come to his aid to actualise his dream.

“I want to be a medical doctor by the time I grow up and finish my education, please, the government and every spirited individual should help me”, he said.

He said he can’t go to school because of the problem.

Speaking before the panel, Stella Omoigui, said she sent her son on an errand when he was hit by a stray bullet on his genital.

Mrs. Omoigui, said Osasu was asked to take ripe plantain to his father along Old road, Sapele road, Benin, when he was hit by bullets from police officers dispersing the #EndSARS protesters.

“My son was later treated and discharged from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH. Since the incident, I have been spending the little resources I have on him.”

”He can’t pass out urine except through a fixed pipe on his abdomen, this has forced him to always be on wrappers instead of trousers.”

Omoigui’s mother has however demanded for N50 million as compensation and for his medical bills.

The panel chairman, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (rtd), said the child’s condition must be treated with prompt attention.

“I have a medical doctor in my team, looking at the young man, he’s about 11 years old, he is unable to dress properly like normal human being, we found him to be wrapped in wrappers and the medical doctor in my team, examined him and found that he is badly damaged in his genital region and we have reviewed that this calls for an emergency intervention.

“We will do the necessary things that will be required of us just like the state government has always done, matters of this nature be treated promptly. If you recall, we have similar matters of about two of them, deaf and dumb, more than that and promptly, the state government intervened.

“It is one of those things, the consequences of that protest, we can’t really lay our hands on anybody but we will try our best to make the adequate recommendations.

Justice Ehigiamusoe and other members of the panel however raised some amount of money for the victim.