Jimoh Atanda, the father of slain Jimoh Isiaq, who was killed in an #EndSARS protest in the Ogbomosho area of Oyo State, has narrated how doctors at the Bowen University Teaching Hospital battled to save the life of his son.
Atanda, who stated this in an exclusive, said the doctors extricated three bullets from his son’s body but could not save him.
The news had earlier reported that the attendant street protests which led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force turned violent in some parts of the country.
Isiaq was shot dead in Ogbomosho, Oyo State on Saturday. About 10 other persons have been killed in the protests according to the rights group, Amnesty International.
Speaking in an emotion-laden tone, the father of the late electrician described his last born as “a very bright boy who often had words of advice for me and never goes looking for trouble.”
“I have ten children because I have two wives. He (Isiaq) went to primary school at Aboora. He didn’t complete his education before he went on to learn a vocation.
“He was diligent at it. In fact, he has completed his training and we had planned to do his official disengagement from his boss in April 2021,” Atanda stated amid tears.
The father of the deceased said he had gone to buy a ladder for his son’s graduation when he got a call from Isiaka’s sister that he had been shot by the police.
“I was told he was going to his mom’s place. His mom’s house is not far from a police station. He must have encountered the protesters on his way. He was only observing the scene.
“Those on the scene took him to Bowen University Teaching Hospital and I went to meet them there. Four persons that I didn’t even know donated blood to him. That was apart from the ones my children donated.
“I was told three bullets were in his body. The doctors wanted to do a blood transfusion in a bid to remove the bullets. That was when he died. One of the bullets went in through his side. But as he was being transfused, the blood kept coming out.
“If it had been a civilian who killed a cop, they would have terrorised us in this neighbourhood.
“Whenever my son sees me, he would hug me, kiss me and tell me all my sufferings have come to an end.
“I told him I believed him. If truly he was destined to die now, I ask God to grant him rest.”
Also, the mother of the deceased, Jimoh Ramota, expressed shock over the death of his son.
She said, “Any parents who saw my child’s corpse and didn’t sympathise with me…Haaa! He was covered in blood. I called my son but he couldn’t respond to me. He couldn’t respond to me again.
“My son went out at the wrong time. He went out at the wrong time.
“There are lots of things to say about Isiaq. I want God to grant him rest.
“For two years he nursed an injury from an accident. All his head had to be stitched. We thanked God that he recovered. Thereafter, he came home.
“We picked the date for his graduation. He was focused during his training. Now that he’s supposed to benefit from his labour, he was shot dead.
“I can’t fully express how this affects me now. I’m in serious shock.”
Ramota begged Nigerians to get justice for the late Isiaka who left a wife and kid behind.
Meanwhile, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Buhari in a broadcast on Monday said he had ordered a probe into the killing of the young man while noting that officials of the disbanded team found to be responsible for wrongful acts would be brought to justice.
Also, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, released one million naira to the family of the victim during a condolence visit earlier in the week.
Thousands of protesters, who are mostly youths, have been demonstrating against police brutality perpetrated by defunct SARS operatives.
The police authorities have since disbanded the unit and renamed it Special Weapons and Tactics unit.
But several attempts by the government and business leaders to quell the protests have failed.
The demonstrations, which have mostly been peaceful, have caused heavy traffic and affected economic activities in major cities across the country.