Aliyu Sheidu, a victim of police brutality, has pleaded with Nigerians to help him.
Sheidu, who was shot in the leg during last year’s #EndSARS protest, has described the pain as unbearable, as a bullet remains lodged in his leg a year later.
Sheidu, a fashion designer, was killed on October 20, 2020, at Dutse in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, when police opened fire on young Nigerians protesting police brutality in the country.
Also Read: Anambra Governorship Elections Under Threat — INEC
Following the assault, five protesters were killed by anti-riot policemen wielding guns in the area, resulting in the burning of the Sokale Police Post and several vehicles.
Meanwhile, Sheidu has been using crutches since the first operation on his bad leg, which involved bone setting and iron implantation in his leg.
He was on his way to work when he was shot in the right thigh from behind, according to him.
Also Read: Obiano Orders Civil Servants to Submit Voters’ Card – APC
He claimed it occurred when police opened fire on peaceful protesters.
Sheidu was rushed to Bwari General Hospital, from where he was transferred to Camek Orthopaedic in Kado, a private hospital
According to a medical report signed by the Medical Director, Dr. Charles Anakwe, Sheidu had a “fracture of the shaft, of the right femur, and pellets were visible confirming gunshot injury.”
In part, the report stated, “Mr. Sheidu Aliyu was admitted to this hospital as an emergency on October 21, 2020. He was on his way to his tailoring shop when he was shot from behind in the right thigh. He was first taken to Bwari General Hospital, from which he was transferred to this facility.
“On examination, he had a deep wound measuring 2cm by 3cm on the posterior aspect of his right thigh that was not actively bleeding.
“The pediatric dorsalis pulse was palpable, but there was a loss of ankle dorsiflexion. An X-ray revealed a communicated fracture of the right femoral shaft. X-rays revealed pellets, confirming gunshot wounds.”
Also Read: COREN Kicks Against Foreign Artisans in Nigeria
The first operation was performed on October 23, 2020, and he was discharged to continue as an outpatient on October 30, 2020.
He was later scheduled for a second operation to remove the bullet in October 2021, but Sheidu has not been able to raise the N450,000 bill for the operation.
Sheidu lamented his permanent deformity and inability to support his family because he was unable to work.
He went on to say that as the family breadwinner, his dreams had been cut short and shattered, leaving him and his family in poverty.
Also Read: Porous Borders Responsible for Bandits, Kidnapping & Human Trafficking
He stated, “That day, I was going to work. I work as a fashion designer. It had been a terrible day for me. I still can’t believe what happened to me that day. Only God could have saved my life.
“Police were shooting indiscriminately at protesters in Dutse, and the next thing I knew, my leg had curved and blood was pouring out.
“I am in pain because the Nigerian police have ruined my life. The bullet is still lodged in my leg, and I am unable to raise the N450,000 required for the operation. I’m in a lot of pain in my legs. I require assistance and would like Nigerians to assist me so that the doctor can remove the bullet in my leg.”
Also Read: Peter Obi reacts to #PandoraPapers Scandal
Speaking about Sheidu’s condition, Gerald Katchy, Executive Director of ‘Know Your Rights, Stand Up for Rights,’ described protests as a constitutional right, adding that participating in protests should not be criminalized.
“Protesting is not a place to bring live ammunition; the very least you can do is bring tear-gas canisters.
“There have been reports of people being shot during protests. Sheidu was assassinated on the same day as those in Lekki.
Also Read: Ontario students to get free menstrual products as part of deal with Shoppers Drug Mart
“We appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to come to his aid, and we know that no amount of money will be able to restore his leg,” Katchy added.