#EndSARS Protest: 11-year-old boy demands N50 million from police over stray bullet hitting his scrotum

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61-year-old woman, Mrs Stella Omoigui, has demanded N50 million compensation for her 11year-old-son, Master Osasu Omoigui, who was allegedly hit by a stray bullet on his genital during the #EndSARS protest.

Omoigui, a petty trader, on Monday, in Benin, told the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses that her 11-year-old son was hit by stray bullets from the police officers who were dispersing the #EndSARS protesters when on an errand for her.

She added that the incident happened along Old Road, Sapele Road, Benin City, when she sent Osasu, a primary three pupil of Maria Christian Academy to go and give his father some ripe plantain. She said her son was later treated and discharged from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

She said ever since the incident, she has been spending her little resources on him.

She said the little boy can only pass out urine through a fixed pipe on his abdomen, a situation that has forced him to always be in wrappers instead of trousers.

She said the condition has also forced him to stop going to school.

She, however, pleaded with the panel to grant her son the sum of N50 million as compensation for the pains being suffered by him and also take care of his medical bills and that the panel should do all in its power to see that he could have his life back.

On the part of little Osasu, he said he would like to be a medical doctor when he grows up. “I want to be a medical doctor by the time I grow up and finished my education, please, the government and every spirited individual should help me”, he said. Being touched by the condition of the 11-year-old Osasu, chairman, Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (rtd) said the child’s condition must be treated with prompt attention.

“I have a medical doctor in my team, looking at the young man, he is about 11-years-old, he is unable to dress properly like a normal human being, we found him to be wrapped in wrappers and the medical doctor in my team examined him and found that he is badly damaged in his genital region and we have reviewed that this calls for an emergency intervention.

“We will do the necessary things that will be required of us just like the state government has always done, matters of this nature be treated promptly. If you recall, we have similar matters of about two of them, deaf and dumb, more than that and promptly, the state government intervened.

“They did not even wait for us to make our final recommendations. Look at the condition of the boy, so pathetic, and it is not the police, it is a stray bullet.

“It is one of those things, the consequences of that protest, we can’t really lay our hands on anybody but we will try our best to make the adequate recommendations.

“So, we have reviewed instantly, and we have reviewed, that all of us, we have the combined view that it is meritorious, deserving compensation, he needs urgent medical attention. So, that is our stance”, she said.

Justice Ehigiamusoe also led panel members to raise money for him and which was immediately given to him.

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