23-year-old, Olalekan Faleye, pictured above, has shared the story of how his leg was amputated after he allegedly suffered a gunshot wound at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday, October 20.
In an interview with Punch, Lekan, a cobbler ready for his commencement from the place he serves as an apprentice, mentioned that he joined different protesters at the tollgate on that fateful day to press home their calls for which amongst many was the tip to police brutality.
”On Tuesday October 20, I went to the Lekki protest. Before 7pm, the soldiers came and started shooting. We were told to raise our flags that we shouldn’t move, that we should sit down.
However, the sound of the gunshot was too much. That was when I got up and started running because the gunshot sound was too much. Before I knew it, a bullet hit my leg. I fell. I couldn’t get up again.
Someone had to come and rescue me. The scene was rowdy and noisy, I couldn’t do anything, I was tired.”
His distraught mom, Temidayo Faleye, who’s a washerwoman and likewise sells cooked noodles, mentioned that she was woken up at about after 12 midnight on that day by a cellphone call informing her that her son had sustained a gunshot wound at the Lekki tollgate. She mentioned that after going to completely different hospitals, it was on the Igbobi Orthopedic Hospital that she was informed that the one treatment for her son was for his leg to be amputated.
Mrs. Faleye appealed to Brigadier Common Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo of the 81 Division Nigeria Military of the Nigerian Military to speak the “truth” and cease making the claims that the Military did not fire live ammunition on the protesters.
”Soldiers you are the ones who shot. The people you shot at are not babies. I beg Nigerians in the name of God, help me. Major General Taiwo, you will not weep over your children. Expose all the soldiers responsible for the Lekki shooting. Expose them. My son was a victim of their actions. Expose them, I beg you in the name of God” she stated