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15-year-old Mariam Shobukola
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Okada Ban: Police Bullet Ruptures 15-Year-Old’s Bladder

Austin Papi

During a conflict between the Police Task Force and agitating commercial motorcyclists, a stray bullet fired by the Lagos police ruptured the bladder of a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

The young girl, identified as Mariam Shobukola, had accompanied her school principal to shop in Aboru, Iyana Ipaja, to make a payment at a Point of Sales (POS) when she was struck by the stray bullet.

Mariam, a student of Delight International School, Aboru, was hit by a stray bullet during the clash and was rushed to Peak Health Hospital where she was stabilized before she was later referred to General Hospital, Orile Agege, for further treatment.

The father of the victim, Mukaila Shobukola, informed newsmen that his daughter sustained serious injuries, as the bullet entered her stomach through her hip. The Computerized Tomography (CT) scan showed that the bullet, indeed, penetrated the young’s girl’s abdomen through the right side of her hip.

“The police caused all this, why would they shoot in the neighbourhood? Now we have been left on our own to bear the pain,” Mr Shobukola said.

“I am not a motorcycle operator neither is any member of my family before we were caught up in this unfortunate incident.”

There were many commercial motorcyclists who protested against the actions of police officers enforcing the new Lagos State traffic law.

Recall, the Lagos State government announced the enforcement of the new State’s Transport Reform Law on February 1. The police received several overwhelming criticisms for enforcing the law outside the legislation’s coverage areas; areas not on the list of roads prohibited from motorcycle and tricycle users.