Lagos Assembly seeks scholarship for Mile 12 crisis victim

TUESDAY today, the Lagos State House of Assembly has appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to award scholarship to Mr. Bolaji Kalejaiye, who was hit by a stray bullet during the recent crisis in Mile 12 Market, Lagos.

In a report presented to the House by the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Olusegun Olulade, it was revealed that the Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa led some lawmakers from the Assembly on Saturday 12 March to visit Bolaji in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where he underwent a surgery after the incident.

According to The Nation, the House subsequently resolved that a letter should be written to Governor Ambode to sponsor the education of the young man, who was said to have scored 250 in the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), and who wishes to study medicine at the University of Ibadan.

However, the House resolved that a letter should be written to the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni to condemn the action of his men at the Mile 12 police post, who reportedly rejected the boy when he ran to them after he was hit by the bullet.

Also, the Clerk of the House was directed to write a letter of commendation to the private hospital, which admitted the boy, removed the bullet wound in his body without collecting any money before transferring him to LASUTH for further treatment.

According to Obasa, the story of Bolaji Kalejaiye is an interesting one, adding that he decided to visit the boy with other lawmakers, when he read his story in a national newspaper on Saturday 12th March.

“I called Hon. Olulade and others on the phone immediately and they all joined me in going to LASUTH to visit the boy. I want to commend Bolaji’s courage, determination and bravery. I was impressed to have read that after he was hit by a stray bullet, the boy packed his intestine with his cloth and ran to a police post, where he was rejected.

“He later fell down and was assisted to the hospital by the residents of the area. We need to commend the private hospital for treating the boy without asking for police report or money. We commend the doctors for their efforts in removing the bullet from the boy before he was taken to LASUTH,” he said.

The Speaker then added that the state Police Commissioner should investigate the action of his boys at the police post in Mile 12, and that the House should continue to pray for Bolaji as he would undergo a second surgery in the hospital in the next one week.

In his contribution, the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh said that the action of the police in the matter should be condemned, but that people should not rush to police stations, when they sustain injuries.

Also, Hon. Rotimi Olowo advised that the police should use rubber bullets when next there is crisis and that they should criminalise any act of vandalism.

In his submission, Hon. Victor Akande said that the state Commissioner of Police and the Inspector General of Police should be called upon to teach their men modern policing.

Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu said that the police should know that their first duty is to combat crime and protect the lives of the people.

Also contributing, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that the boy was shot by the police that ought to protect him and also rejected by the same police.

“Sending the boy out is like sending him to his death; we should also consider the issue of scholarship. Issues of first aid should also be taught in our schools. Our movie industries should also produce films on first aid treatment,” he said.

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