Mrs Janet Bejide, a 75 years old Ekiti woman, has told a really heartbreaking story.
The old woman says she is being plagued daily by headache, body pains, and unclear vision since August 10, 2020 when she was hit by stray bullets allegedly shot by policemen at Ire Ekiti in the Oye Council area of Ekiti State.
Bejide spoke on Wednesday at the Ekiti Judicial Panel of Inquiry into human rights violations by the police, which she had approached to seek N20 million compensation for the trauma she has been going through and the daily pains since the incident.
She said, “I was in my shop selling rice to my customers when suddenly there was tear-gas fired by the police. I had to cover my head with a cloth and bent my head to prevent the tear-gas from affecting me.
“Before I knew it, something hit me and I fell down. It was at the hospital that I regained consciousness. I was later informed in the hospital that it was bullets that hit me.
“I was also told of a lady who came to my shop to buy rice for her small baby. I was told she equally fell down and died instantly from the impact of the gunshots from those policemen.
“I was hit in the back around my neck and my leg. Since that time, I have been having headache, I have not been finding it easy to live a comfortable life, now I have problem with my two eyes and my neck. My legs are paining me, I need more and adequate treatment on my leg, hand and all the weaknesses in my body, Please help me,” the septuagenarian said.
The Panel Chairman, Justice Cornelius Adetayo (retd), adjourned the matter till January 5 for further hearing after the police counsel cross-examined the old woman.