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Banker shot five times by a police officer


An employee of Access Bank, Femi Badejo, who was allegedly shot alongside a security guard, Joshua Musa, by policemen on Saturday at Ikota, Lagos, still has a bullet lodged in his wrist as the doctors say the bullet cannot be removed at the moment

�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.

However, Badejo has been moved from St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island, to an undisclosed location.

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, Mr. Reginald Bassey, berated the police for lack of professionalism and failing to issue a public apology.

Bassey said the matter was more pathetic because Badejo is a promising young man, a husband and a father-to-be, who had been left incapacitated for days.

He added, �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.”

Bassey expressed dismay that rather than address the situation, the police resorted to harassing a journalist that reported the incident.

�We want a formal apology from the Inspector-General of police addressed to Badejo,” he said.

The Coordinator of the Lagos chapter of the association, Mr. Olufemi Fajemisin, who signed the petition, questioned the level of training of policemen in the state due to the incessant allegations of extra-judicial killings.

Badejo and Musa were allegedly shot by the policemen who responded to a distress call about a robbery in the banker’s home on Saturday at Ikota area of Lagos.

The residents of the house said when the policemen arrived the scene about an hour after the robbers had left, they started shooting indiscriminately resulting in injuring the banker and security guard.

Badejo was shot five times while Musa was hit twice.

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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