The Edo State Government has agreed to pay the medical bills of two hearing-impaired persons who were reportedly violated by security personnel during the EndSARS riot in Benin City last October.
The unarmed men, Mr. Bright Osarobo and Mr. Osazee Festus — artisans were allegedly shot on Oct. 20, 2020 by a detached of joint security operatives at Oguola junction, Siluko road and Upper Sokponba road, respectively, amidst accusation of violation of the 4p.m to 6a.m curfew by the State Government
Justice Ada Ehigiamisoe, the Chairman of Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of police brutality and other related abuses disclosed this during its sitting on Monday in Benin City.
This followed a request by the Edo State Association of the Deaf submitted through the panel to the State Government.
In the petition titled “EndSARS Tragedy: Shooting and Hospitalisation of Two Deaf Men: Mr. Bright Osarobo and Mr. Osazee Festus, call for Justice”.
The petition was signed by the Chairman of Edo State Association of the Deaf, Kingsley Eromosele, and presented to the State Judicial Panel of Inquiry.
Eromosele alleged that Mr Osarobo was shot few metres away from his house by the police, hospitalised and operated on at the right hip and abdomen at Time Hospital and later transferred to Accident and Emergency Unit, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, (UBTH).
He stated further that Mr Festus was shot by the Nigerian Army at the back of his neck while waiting to be hired as an artisan on Upper Sokponba road and was rushed to Omosu Hospital for stabilization before being transferred to Accident and Emergency Unit, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, (UBTH).
Eromosele said Mr Osarobo whose right leg has been amputated owing to the gravity of the injury from the gunshot also suffered renal failure as a result of complications from the abdominal operation.
According to the Chairman the Association who claimed in the petition that both victims were not aware of the curfew imposed by the state government, Mr. Osazee Festus run the risk of being bedridden as a result of spinal cord injury during the ram-spell attack.