Saturday, March 5, 2016

[MUST READ] I don’t want to die like this – Mrs. Roselyn Adewunmi, shot by SARS men and abandoned at LUTH for 8 months

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A very fair skin with a face adorned with tribal marks and tattooed eyebrows would have made one conclude that 57-year-old Mrs. Roselyn Adewunmi is hale and hearty, as she sat on a corner bed in Ward B1 of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Merely looking at her sitting on the bed, one would conclude that she is simply a patient with a minor problem who would soon be discharged.
But all is far from being well with the woman, who once worked as a cleaner at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

In fact, in the last 10 months, Adewunmi has been confined to her bed, not able to walk. She cannot move on her bed without support while she cannot go to the toilet by herself. She has had to use disposable briefs to ease herself, which are costing her heavily financially.
Anybody who has not heard her story before might have thought she was.......
stricken by a terrible illness that rendered her immobile but that is far from the truth.

Her trouble started in the evening of May 1, 2015, when she decided to sit in front of her tiny plank house at Badia East Oke-Eri community at Ijora, Apapa to take fresh air with one of her daughters around 8.45pm.
Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were said to have stormed the area in pursuit of some hoodlums when they started shooting sporadically. A resident of the area identified as Nwane was said to have been shot dead in the raid.
Adewunmi, a widow and mother of five, was hit by bullets before she even heard the sound of gunshots.
“I did not even know about any shooting. I did not hear any sound initially; maybe because our area is generally noisy. What I heard was my daughter screaming and pointing at me. She was screaming ‘blood, blood!’” Adewunmi said on her hospital bed.

The woman had been shot in the lower abdomen and the thigh.

It was learnt that when Adewunmi’s daughter raised the alarm, residents who ran out to find out what had happened, including one of her sons, sighted one of the sars operatives, identified as Mohammed Abubakar, who reportedly shot her nearby and approached the man.

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