“I still have a bullet lodged in my wrist” – Access Bank staff shot by police, Femi Badejo, cries out

by Isi Esene

Femi Badejo, the Access Bank staff who was allegedly shot five times by the police on Saturday still has some bullets lodged in his wrist.

Four of the bullets lodged in his body have been removed but the fifth has been left for fear of complications which might arise in removing it.

Policemen reportedly arrived at Badejo’s house at Ikota area of Lagos about one hour after a reported robbery and were said to have started shooting indiscriminately which hit Badejo and the security guard, Joshua Musa.

Badejo was shot five times while Musa was hit twice.

The victim who has been relocated from St. Nicholas Hospital, Marina, where he was first admitted spoke with reporters saying, “I’m still in pain from the bullet wounds. I was shot five times. Four of the bullets have been removed but the fifth one is still lodged in my wrist and because of fear of complications, doctors can’t touch it for now,” he said.

Meanwhile, Covenant University Alumni Association has written a petition to the inspector general of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, over the alleged shooting.

Badejo is an alumnus of the university and member of the association.

The vice-president of the Abuja chapter of the association, Reginald Bassey, berated the police for lack of professionalism and failing to issue a public apology.

Bassey said, “We have written a petition to demand for three things. First, we want a thorough investigation into the matter and we want the policemen who shot the victims to be brought to book.

“We see it as callous that those who are paid to secure lives could storm a compound and start shooting sporadically.

“Also, we want compensation for Badejo and the compensation must be commensurate with the extent of the injury.”

The police claimed that Badejo was shot only once while the security guard had been shot by the armed robbers before they arrived.

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