The incident took place at about 11P.m. on August 5, 2013. The victim is said to have returned home after the day’s work feeling hungry. He then headed to Diamond estate, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos to find something to eat.
The father of two was about being handed a plate of boiled noodles he ordered, when a drunken man later identified as Corporal Mohammed Abubakar, attached to Mopol 17, Ondo State, shot indiscriminately at everyone on sight. Like everyone else, he took to his heels. Unfortunately for him, the plain-clothed policeman shot him at close range. Bullets pierced Tayo’s thigh inflicting grave injuries to his groin and left arm.
Consequently, Tayo was rushed to a clinic at Festac Town, Lagos, where after obtaining a police report at the clinic’s request, he was admitted and is currently receiving treatment.
At the moment, Tayo is said to be excellently responding to treatment at the St. Jude’s hospital where his bullet wounds are being treated. He is yet to find means of settling his bills when actually discharged. The main worry here is the possibility of not being able to reproduce again.
According to Tayo; “Without being told and judging by the quality of treatment I am receiving here, the bill must be on the high side. I am just a driver; I cannot foot the bill…as it is now, I don’t know if I will be able to father any more children in future. I did not bargain for this.” He appealed to the police to come to his rescue.
Carelessness on the part of Nigeria Police officers has brought so much untold disaster and hardship on innocent people. The issue of shooting un-armed and innocent unprepared citizens is on the high side; most times they (the perpetrators) go unpunished.
Nigeria Police watch call on relevant stake holders to take swift actions to curb this ‘dirty’ menace that is costing lives and denting the reputation of the force. We also urge the force to in the spirit of justice, bring the perpetrator of this particular act- Corporal Mohammed Abubakar to justice; as it was done in the case of Chris Omeleze.