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Published On: Fri, Nov 17th, 2017

Victim of army shooting cries out for help

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

A victim of shooting by the Nigeria Army personnel on June 9, 2017 to dispersed protesting youth at Television Village in Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State, Denis Timothy has called on the Federal Government and the Nigeria Army (NA) authority to come to his rescue and save him from pains and agony he is currently passing through.
He made the appeal while speaking to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday.
Denis, who is now confined to a wheelchair because he has been paralyzed as a result of the gun shot, said he is a 29 years old graduate Kaduna State University who read accountancy.
He said he served in Cross River State and after his meritorious service to the nation he was enrolled by the Kaduna State Government into the N-Power scheme and attached to LEA Primary School, Kakuri in Kaduna South Local Government Area.
According to him, he was on his way home when he saw crowd gathered at the Total Filling Station opposite Command Secondary School, not aware of what was happening he decided to move forward. Suddenly, he saw the crowd running towards his direction and he was left with no option but to also run for his dear life, before he fell down and found himself in his pool of blood.
“A good Samaritan picked me up and took me to a house and was later taken to Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kakuri, where I spent three weeks before being referred to 44 Nigeria Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna. After attending to me for over two months, the medical team informed me that the bullet is still within my system and I have to do scanning which will cost me N180,000, but unfortunately my family cannot raise the money because they have virtually sold everything for me to stay alive.
“Since I came back from the hospital I cannot pass out urine unless with the help of uretic Catheter (tube) and when I defecate someone helps to clean me up. Life has not been the same for me since then. I was a young man full of hope for better things before that black 9th June, 2017, when my life was turned around.
“The painful aspect of it is that the soldier who shot me never showed any remorse. When my senior brother wrote a letter to General Officer Commanding, 1 Division of Nigeria Army, Kaduna, there was no respond. And when my brother visited the Headquarters, an army officer asked him how is sure that the bullet that hit his brother was fired by an army personnel, and therefore sent him away with and warned him never to set foot on the headquarters again.
“I am dying gradually whereas those who put me in this situation do not care. God knows I was returning back from my place of assignment. I was not a part of the protesters, but look at where I find myself. Somebody should help me, especially President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai. I don’t want to die from a sin I did not commit,” he lamented.
Mother of the victim, Mrs. Asaba Timothy, said she has sold everything that is sellable in the house and now the family is moving to put their only property on sale to see if they can save Denis.
“All I am begging the Nigeria Army and the Presidency is to help and give my son a medical attention that will save his life. Nothing more, nothing less,” she said.
When contacted the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Div Kaduna, Col Kingsley Umoh, said he just landed at the Lagos airport on his way for an assignment and promised to call back. But at the time of filing in this report he had not called back.

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