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Over Three Weeks After, I Still Carry Bullets In My Body — Lekki Toll Gate Shooting Survivor

For survivors of Lekki Toll Gate shooting and their families, Tuesday, October 20 will remain etched in their memories for a long time to come. ADEBAYO FOLORUNSHO-FRANCIS returns to the hospital to see how those on admission are faring

One of the survivors of the shooting that marred the #ENDSARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Meshack Esanibi, says the bullets he took into his left leg are yet to be extracted over three weeks after the incident that nearly claimed his life.

On October 27, PUNCH HealthWise reported the story of Esanibi who was rushed to the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island, after he was allegedly shot on the left leg by soldiers drafted to disperse the #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate.

Security agents had shot at the protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, October 20, leading to yet-to-be ascertained a number of casualties.

The shooting incident had also attracted national and international outcry, with the Lagos State and Federal governments being urged to unravel the identity of the shooters and who deployed them.

Bullet still stuck in limb

When PUNCH checked up on him again in Ward B of the General Hospital, Esanibi sat on his sickbed.

Looking better than he was two weeks ago, Esanibi said he had been able to establish contact with a relative after his story was published.

The Delta State indigene, however, told our correspondent that he had been experiencing excruciating pain all over his body, especially on the affected limb, noting that the discomfort he felt might be because the bullet had not been extracted from his leg.

“Since I was admitted after the Lekki toll gate shooting incident, the bullet has not been removed. It is still in my leg.

“I don’t even know whether the bullet was the cause of the intense pain I am feeling. But I was told by a doctor that I will soon be taken into the theatre again.

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