Three gun-shot victims rushed to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, on Monday night are in stable condition, while the fourth person died on arrival, Daily Sun learnt yesteray.
The victims, three men and a pregnant woman, were allegedly shot by one Corporal Mohammed Abubakar from MOPOL 17, Akure, Ondo State at Diamond Estate, Festac Town, following a disagreement over an unconfirmed matter. It wasgathered that the four victims were allegedly shotin a fast food joint by the corporal who was suspected to be drunk at the time of the incident.
Eyewitnesses said the disagreement and flaring-up of tempers occurred that night at the fast food joint where noodles is the main delicacy. The angry corporal opened fire on thevictims and fled. The policeman who is not attached to the Lagos Police Command, was said to be on an unofficial visit to a company in Diamond Estate.
Meanwhile, when our reporter visited LUTH, the three surviving victims were being attended to by doctors who assured that they will make it. The consultants regretted the death of one of the victims, blaming his demiseon the site of the bullet wound and the time of arrival of the patients to the hospital.
A consultant, who spoke toDaily Sun on condition of anonymity, disclosed that of the three surviving patients, the two men will go for surgery because of the nature of wounds theysustained from the gunshot and also to retrieve bullets and pellets from their bodies.
“The pregnant woman who appears to be a bit more lucky, will not need surgery, she will undergo intensive and general care and be discharged. One of the men was shot in the eye, ophatalmologists are working hard to ensure thewound does not degenerate, he will be operated soon.
“The second man was shot in the thigh, he will also undergo surgery, apart from the damage done on the site of the wound, there are indications that bullet pellets lodged in the muscles must be retrieved,”he said.
Confirming the incident, LUTH’s spokesperson, Mrs Hope Nwawolo, said the three victims are in stable condition and are responding to treatment. “The hospital has drafted a team of experts to ensure that they are well taken care of medically”, she said.
The state Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Umar Manko, confirmed that a police corporal from MOPOL 17, Akure, Ondo State was responsible for the shooting. “The corporal is not from the Lagos State Police Command. He is fromMOPOL 17, Akure. He was attached to a company in Festac Town, but I wonder what a mobile policeman from Akure is doing in Lagos.
The CP said he has asked the Area Commander for Festac area, Mr Dan Okoro, to contact his Squadron Commander to explain what the policeman from his unit was doing in that company at that time. Manko disclosed the force has declared manhunt for the corporal who took to his heels after committing the crime.
Another eyewitness said that the corporal went to the fast food vendor to eatnoddles when a quarrel broke out between him and other customers. The source said in the process, he fired sporadically and took to his heels. “The policeman would have been lynched by a mob, butthey were afraid to go after him as he was fully armed,” the eyewitness said.