Edo stray bullet victim’s mother demands N50m compensation, boy’s genital damaged

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Adeyinka Adedipe, Benin

A 61-year-old mother, Stella Omoigui, on Monday demanded N50m as compensation for her 11-year-old son, Osasu Omoigui, who was hit by a stray bullet on his genital during #EndSARS protest.

Omogui, who made the demand at the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses, said her son was running an errand when the bullet from the gun of one of the policemen who were dispersing the hoodlums, who took over the protest, hit him.

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She said her son was treated and discharged from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and that she had been spending her little resources on him to keep him alive.

According to her, “Osasu can only pass out urine through a fixed pipe on his abdomen and a situation that has forced him to always be on wrappers, while the condition has also stopped him from going to school.”

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The ailing Osasu said he would like to be a medical doctor when he grows up.

“I want to be a medical doctor when I grow up. The government and well meaning individual should help me,” he pleaded.

Chairman, Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (retd.), said serious attention must be paid to the child’s condition.

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Justice Ehigiamusoe also led panel members to raise money which was immediately given to the boy.

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