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ICYMI: ‘We treated 15 persons with gunshot injuries’ — doctor speaks on Lekki shooting

ICYMI: ‘We treated 15 persons with gunshot injuries’ — doctor speaks on Lekki shooting
May 09
12:08 2021

Ayobami Aranmolate, medical director of Grandville Trauma Centre, says 15 patients with gunshot injuries were treated at the hospital during the Lekki shooting of October 20, 2020.

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He said the patients were brought to the centre from other hospitals in the state.

Aranmolate disclosed this while giving his testimony before the Lagos judicial panel on police brutality on Saturday.

“We had a total number of 15 patients [including] four referrals from Vedic life healthcare, seven referrals from Reddington hospital and two from Doreen hospital,” he said.

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The doctor, who explained that none of the patients died, added that “concerned members of the public shouldered the medical bills of the victims treated”.

“While the process was going on, we were informed that some Nigerians were involved. Some members of the public volunteered to send some money to pay the bills,” he said.

“The Lagos state government actually promised to pay, because during the protest, the ministry of health was in communication with us.

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“I recall one of the patients — the one that had amputation. We needed blood and we called their attention that we needed two pints. They were able to bring one pint of blood and some of my staff actually donated about two pints of blood also.”

Several persons have testified that people were injuried after the army arrived the Lekki tollgate during the #EndSARS protest in October 2020.

In January, Babajide Lawson, a doctor at Reddington hospital, had said the hospital was overwhelmed with “mass casualties” from the shooting.

On April 17, Serah Ibrahim, one of the coordinators of the #EndSARS protest, tendered bullet shells and flash drives containing photos and videos as evidence of the shooting.

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