Man shot by police during #EndSARS cries for help

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On October 21, pockets of riots broke out across Lagos and other parts of the country. The riot was mainly triggered by the military and police who shot at peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, killing some while injuring many others.

The Lekki toll gate was one of the epicentres of the protest movement, which is now known as #EndSARS. The protesters were demanding far-reaching police reform but particularly were calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), a tactical unit of the Nigeria Police Force, accused of extra-judicial killings, extortion, torture and rape.

Rilwan Oshodi, 27-year-old, was returning home from the popular fabric market in the Yaba area of Lagos, where he mends second-hand clothing, when he ran into a group of protesters at the Area C Police Barracks in Ojuelegba.

The evening before, his mother, Muyibat Oshodi, called him and advised him not to come home as the protests around the police facility close to their home had become worse. Mr Oshodi lives at 5, Abimbola Shodipe Street, directly across the road from Area C Police Barracks.

On the morning of October 21, Mr Oshodi said, as he was returning home to freshen up and change into fresh cloths, he saw some of his friends standing with other youth on the Funsho Williams Expressway.

He said it was his friends who told him about the shooting incident in Lekki and how a state-wide curfew had been declared the day before. Moments later, a group of policemen who were stationed around the Area C Barracks, ordered the youth to disperse but before they could respond to the order, the cops started shooting directly at them.

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As he ran to find refuge from the bullets around him, a bullet caught him in the left side of his stomach. The bullet came out from his back, rupturing his hipbone and immediately paralysing him.

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