The 14-year-old Mariam Shobukola, was a Senior Secondary School Two student before the incident.
Sharing the anguish and frustration, the victim’s father, Mukaila Shobukola said;
Mariam is 14-year- old and she is my last child. She is a pupil of Delight International School, Aboru, Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos. I am from Abeokuta in Ogun State, so is my wife, Olabisi. I’m an artist and a painter. I am 55-year-old.
When asked about assistance, how much the family has spent so far, he said;
Out of nothing, we have spent over N140,000. We are still spending. Doctors succeeded in removing the pellets from her body and we are being billed for surgery. Still, the treatment is ongoing and we are still spending. They are administering one test or another on her. We are buying different types of medicine and other things.
When he was asked, in what ways did the police help on that day knowing full well it was the shot from their gun that hit Mariam, the father said;
That day, the police were not ready to do anything – they were nonchalant. They have not done anything to assist us since that day. They were only looking at us. On Wednesday, three policemen came. They said they were from the station and that they came to get statement from us about the incident.
On Thursday, they sent a policewoman. She did not meet me at the hospital because I went to the laboratory. She met my wife and children there. She said her Divisional Police Officer gave her N20,000 to give to us over the incident. My wife told her she could not collect the money and that she was not the only one that gave birth to the child and she should wait for the father (me) to come.
My wife called me to inform me about the development. When I met the policewoman, she said the DPO said she should give us N20,000. I rejected it because there was nothing to do with N20,000 and that my immediate concern was how to rescue my daughter from the jaws of death.
He insist that;
It was only that day they brought N20,000 that the policewoman came. We are hereby calling on the government to intervene in the matter and assist us. We are also calling on public-spirited individuals to help us. We have incurred a lot of debts since the incident. As I speak with you, we do not have money again. We have spent much since the incident.
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