A man identified as Mr Yomi Olaitan, narrowly escaped death as a stray bullet released from the gun of an unidentified policeman struck one of his eyes.
According to reports from the Tribune, the incident happened near Oje market, Agodi gate road, Ibadan, recently.
Mr Olaitan had reportedly been riding in a car with his younger brother and other people, behind a truck that was stopped by the policemen, when the bullet hit his right eye, leaving him dripping in his own blood.
The truck driver had reportedly been arguing with the policemen over some money issues, which had led to the shooting.
Olaitan was immediately rushed to the Molly hospital, Idi Ape, where he was given first aid treatment, before being taken to the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan. He is said to be awaiting surgery.
Confirming the incident the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Oyo State Police Command, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu said:
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“Some policemen were responding to a distress call when the incident happened. A truck driver had abducted an FRSC staff who wanted to arrest an offending driver who drove recklessly and dangerously, thereby causing an accident which affected three vehicles at Iwo Road by Mr Bigg’s area.
The erring driver took the FRSC staff to an unknown destination but was accosted at Oje area by some policemen who attempted to rescue the abducted FRSC official.
In order to demobilise the truck, the police shot at the tyre and succeeded in rescuing the victim. A bullet ricocheted and hit the victim. Victim was rushed to UCH for medical treatment and is responding to treatment.
One of the cars hit by the erring driver is in police custody. Witnesses/complainants made statements to the police while the offending driver and his vehicle are also in our custody. The incident had nothing to do with extortion.
The abducted, injured FRSC official whose endangered life the police were trying to save was admitted at the hospital, treated and later discharged.”
Chai! Just like that?