Fleeing policeman; I don't understand why Okujo wanted “to kill me.”

A 23-year-old lady, Blessing Isanbor, who was allegedly shot by a police corporal, Mr. Emmanuel Okujo, on February 10, 2012 in the Gbagada area of Lagos has said the policeman intended to kill her.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Blessing, who is still writhing in pains at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, was allegedly shot in the mouth with an AK 47 rifle by the policeman for unknown reasons.

It was learnt that Okujo is the boyfriend to the victim’s younger sister, Patience.

Our correspondent, who visited the LASUTH on Tuesday, learnt that due to the severity of the injury, Blessing had not been able to eat.

Blessing, who  spoke faintly to our correspondent, said she did not understand why Okujo wanted “to kill me.”

Her uncle, Mr. Steven Isanbor, said Okujo shot Blessing a few minutes after eating her meal.

He said, “The incident occurred around 6:30pm on the said date. Okujo had come to visit Patience at her mother’s house at 12, Ifateyindo Street, Ifako.

“After eating moi moi (bean pie), which Blessing had prepared, Okujo took her telephone and slammed it on the floor and asked Blessing to say her last prayers.

“Blessing said she was shocked and asked what she had done wrong and before she knew it, Okujo allegedly brought out an AK47 rifle from his bag and pointed it at her.

“Blessing immediately started shouting for help and neighbours attempted to come to her aid. But Okujo started shooting indiscriminately to scare them.

“Okujo shot Blessing in the mouth, left her for dead, locked her inside the house before fleeing the scene with the victim’s younger sister, Patience.”

It was gathered that after the incident, some neighbours immediately rushed to the Ifako Police Division and informed the Divisional Police Officer.

It was gathered that the victim was rushed to the Gbagada General Hospital by policemen from the Ifako division from where she was immediately transferred to LASUTH.

Isanbor said the DPO gave him Okujo’s address and they immediately proceeded to his house.

 “The DPO instructed some policemen to accompany me to Okujo’s police barracks residence at 37, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi. On getting to Okujo’s apartment, it was evident he had packed some of his clothes and fled,” he said.

Isanbor said after the incident, many people thought Blessing was dead because of the amount of blood she lost while being taken to the hospital.

“Most of us thought Blessing was already dead but on getting to LASUTH, I saw her still breathing and the nurses informed me that she was in a critical condition and she needed immediate attention and this was around 11:45pm. We were able to raise some money and she has been responding to treatment ever since,” he said.

He however said they needed more money because the treatment was very expensive.

He said, “We’ve spent about N300,000 on hospital bills already. The DPO gave us N65,000 but we still need more money because the doctor said Blessing would need about two more surgeries.

“The doctor explained that the bullet had passed through the left cheek of Blessing’s mouth, broken her jaw bone and destroyed a portion of her flesh.

“She also lost a lot of blood. Her mouth was drilled and operated upon. She can’t even eat solid food. She is just taking fluid and only started talking two days ago after which she narrated her ordeal to me.”

A doctor, who craved anonymity, said due to the severity of her condition, Blessing could not retain saliva in her mouth.

Isanbor, who appealed to members of the public for financial assistance, urged the police authorities to hasten the search for Okujo and bring him to book.

“Blessing’s father is late and her mother does not have the financial wherewithal to offset her medical bills. So, we’re appealing to well meaning Nigerians to help. Also, we are appealing to the police authorities to intervene and see that justice is done,” he said.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, said the police were on the trail of the suspect.

He however added that it could not be confirmed if the policeman kidnapped Patience or both agreed to flee.

Jaiyeola said, “The incident indeed happened but it is regrettable and we’re looking for the corporal. I cannot say if Patience was kidnapped or she was an accomplice because both of them were lovers and Patience is pregnant as we learnt.

“Investigations are ongoing but the victim cannot talk much. The DPO has however been taking care of her medical bills.”
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