My Family Doesn’t Know I’m Alive ~ Alleged Lekki Toll Gate Gunshot Survivor

Lekki toll gate

Security agents had shot at #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday, October 20, leading to yet-to-be ascertained number of casualties.

Meshack, a construction worker who claimed he joined the #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate before security agents came shooting said those who shot at the protesters were soldiers.

Explaining why he hasn’t been able to reach out to his family, Meshack who narrated his ordeal in an interview with Punch said;

“I lost my phone and wallet containing money, ATM and identity cards at the protest scene.

“That had proved detrimental because I have not been able to reach my family in Ikorodu.

“Nobody knows whether I am alive or dead. They don’t even know that I participated in the protest at Lekki.

“I have been here for one week now. I am sure they must have been in confusion about my whereabouts,” he said.

Narrating the incident that led to the shooting, he said;

“When the soldiers arrived, we stood our ground. But when my friend, who stood in front of me slumped, I panicked and tried to run back into the crowd.

“That was when the bullets also hit me. I saw blood gushing out of my left leg. I have never seen so much blood coming out of my body in my entire life.

“I recollect seeing a number of protesters carrying me from the scene. I was initially taken to one hospital in Lekki where a doctor attended to my wound.

“But owing to the severity of the gunshot wounds, I was referred here (General Hospital) for intensive care.”

Meshack said he had been traumatised, adding that he spent the first three days of his stay at the hospital agonising and wondering whether he would ever walk with the leg again.

“I have never been so scared in my life as I had been in the first three days. Every time I was to be moved from the Accident & Emergency unit to the ward, two or three different persons would hold the affected leg.

“At a point, I feared my leg would be amputated. But after the x-ray was carried out, I was told I will be alright.

“We were three gunshot survivors from Lekki Toll Gate sharing the same ward. Others have been discharged. I am the only one left. I was told the cases of the other two were not as complicated as mine,” he said.

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