Man hit by Military taskforce stray bullet battles for life

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(Last Updated On: 2016-09-17)

Oluwatosin Lamidi

A young man simply identified as Ifeanyi Mnezi who was hit by a stray bullet from an OP MESA van yesterday at Ijegun, a Lagos suburb was currently battling with his life at Igando General Hospital in Lagos.

It was gathered that soldiers drafted to checkmate activities of militants and kidnappers at Ijedodo community, started shooting sporadically around 1pm.

The victim who was said to be alighting from a commercial bus, was hit by the stray bullet on his left hand.

A witness, Iya Modina said: “The soldiers were in their van driving through Ijegun Bus Stop, when they started shooting into the air. Before we knew it, a man who was alighting a commercial bus was hit by stray bullet. People scampered for safety and the soldiers just drove past.

“Some people started making calls to alert the relevant agencies. A man picked the victim’s phone and called some contacts on it. But when his relatives arrived, he was already at the hospital.”

Mmezi’s cousin, Wisdom Osimiri said the victim was returning from work when the incident occurred.

According to him, doctors might amputate his cousin’s arm once he’s revived.

Osimiri said: “My cousin boarded a bus from Ikotun to Ijegun, only to be hit by a stray bullet from soldiers. He is unconscious as I speak. The doctors said they would transfer him.”

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