SARS shot me while trying to extort hotel workers; I’ve had 3 costly operations – Woman laments


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A hairstylist, Mrs Hannah Olugbodi, has revealed how personnel of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) shot her while they were trying to extort workers of a hotel in the Ijesha area of Lagos.

She said that since the June 6, 2018 incident, she has had to undergo three costly operations and still uses crutches.

Explaining how it happened, Olugbodi said that after returning from work, she was at the Ijesha Market around 8pm on the fateful day to buy pepper to prepare her son’s breakfast the next day.

Woman shot by SARS

“Unknown to me, SARS men had gone to a hotel on Agunbiade Street nearby. I heard they went there to ask whether the hotel manager was around. A worker in the hotel said no. They (SARS policemen) told the boys there that they wanted to collect money from them. The boys told them, ‘The manager is not around, you can come back later.’ From there, they started shooting. Everybody ran. I too ran. The SARS operatives came outside and continued shooting. The bullet hit me in my left leg at the place I was buying pepper.

“I lost consciousness and regained it at the hospital. When I woke up, I told my husband I wanted to drink water. The doctor said they should not give me water and that there was no bed space for me. So, in my husband’s car, I was given the drip. At midnight, the hospital said they had a bed space and I was taken in. From that moment, it was my husband that signed for any treatment or surgery. I underwent three operations and it was my husband that paid. The government didn’t come or offer any help. Even the payments for the bed were made by my husband. He used everything he had and ended up broke. My sons have not gone to school since then,” she Olugbodi told Saturday Punch.

She explained that the SARS operatives took to their heels after the shooting incident. 

She further explained that as a result of the incident she was at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba for six months.

Olugbodi revealed that she spent N180,000 on an operation and had three of such operations.

She further revealed that her bone was cut as the doctors told her the AK-47 rifle she was shot with created a hole in her leg.

The victim stated that she has a limp as a result of the procedure and has to use crutches.

She added that she had to procure a drug for N16,000 every day for 15 days after the affected leg contracted infection.

She stressed that she was supposed to return after a year of discharge for another operation but could not do so due to lack of funds.

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