How a police corporal hit me with a car and then shot me in the neck – Victim tells a shocking story
A victim of police brutality named Sulaimon Rahim told her story, PREMIUM TIMES reports.
The man told how the injustice towards him a police corporal, which, according to him, cost him the opportunity to walk over the past five years.
Mr Rahim, who was 33 years old at the time of the incident, spoke on Wednesday to the Lagos Judicial Commission of an incident that happened to him on January 10, 2016 in his area.
“On the same day, January 10, a football match was held in my district in Amu Agege. It’s still fresh in my mind
“I went to watch the game. Right after the game, I called the cyclist to take me home. On the way home, it was this man (he was on) Toyota Camry. Now he hit me and the cyclist, we fell. After we fell, I got up and wanted to meet him, what … what happened? Why did you hit us?
“Before I got to this man, I noticed that he was (wounded) in the glass. I thought he wanted to tell you that I’m sorry that I hit you. He (wounded) (his) glass, took out a pistol, shot me in the neck and came out of the back, ”the victim said soberly.
To demonstrate the extent of the injury, Mr. Raheem took off his shirt and showed a panel where a bullet went through his neck and out of his back, leaving the room in complete silence.
Mr. Rahim said that after being shot by a police officer, he passed out and was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.
He identified the officer as Sunday David, a police corporal who had been assigned to the Elière police station, Agege, at the time of the incident.
“After he shot me, I didn’t know anything. He immediately shot me, they took me to the hospital in Ilepo-oja and told that there was no place, that we needed to go to the hospital in Ikeja. In this hospital we were also told that there is no bed, so we have to go to LYuT, “ He said.
Mr. Rahim said that before the accident he was a craftsman making roofs, doors, windows and other household items from aluminum.
He told the group that the injury cost him his spinal cord as he was in a wheelchair for three years, unable to walk, urinate, or do other things without assistance.
Further, speaking about his trial, Mr. Rahim told the jury that he was in the Lagos University Clinical Hospital after being transferred from one hospital to another on the day of the accident.
“When they did some tests and X-rays, the doctor said that I had a spinal cord injury and referred me to a physical therapist.
“We have been doing this for three years, without any changes. I cannot walk, urinate or do anything, I have been in a wheelchair for three years now, ”he told the group.
Mr. Rahim also said that after three years of indulgence with a physical therapist and no change, he met with another specialist who performed another operation, which cost him $ 1.8 million.
He told the jury that he was hospitalized for six months during the operation, not counting the months he spent in hospital prior to the operation.
The victim, who came to the jury on Wednesday with the support of a walker, said he suffered excruciating physical and psychological pain as a result of the accident.
He added that over the past five years, he has spent a fortune treating his condition.
The victim, through his lawyer, Sylvester Agih, offered the jury a photo of Police Corporal Sunday David. The same was admitted as an exhibit.
Mr. Raheem also offered 11 medical certificates to the jury.
Dorris Okuwobi, a retired judge who heads the jury, updated the case until January 27 for further hearing.
The Lagos Judicial Commission is investigating cases of police brutality in the state, in particular the disbanded SARS police unit.