By Ajibola Abayomi,
Mr. Shina Edun, a Man-o-War personnel at the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) attached to Lekki Tollgate BY THE Laggos State Government to ensure law and order, who was grievously attacked and stabbed at his abdomen by a protester during October 20,2021 first anniversary of the EndSARS protest, has pleaded for the intervention of the Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to offset his medical bills.
The man who is currently undergoing medical attention at home, however commended the management of the Lekki Concession Company for their prompt intervention and rescuing him after the ugly incident.
Speaking to journalists on Monday when officials of Lekki Concession Company, paid a visit to his home in Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos State, he confirmed that he was attacked by one of the protesters.
The Lagos State Police Command during the EndSARS aborted anniversary at Lekki Tollgate, arrested a man with dangerous weapons at the spot of the event.
Some items recovered from the suspect included cutlasses, charms and all sorts, and he did confess to the Police that he was there to cause mayhem.
Edun who struggled to utter few words as a result of the pain he was undergoing due to the injury he suffered while attempt to stop the protesters from damaging LCC gadgets at the plaza, disclosed that “Around 11:30 am last Wednesday when the Police said all those who were protesting at Lekki Tollgate should leave, the person who was coming behind me stabbed me with a knife and before I could understand what was happening, I was rushed to Police hospital.
“The person that stabbed me is one of the protesters, those who were protesting to mark the one-year anniversary of EndSARS. I was stabbed in my abdomen in front of the Lekki Tollgate. I work with LCC and I was attached to them from Lagos State Ministry of Environment.”
Buttressing Edun’s claim, the Chief Security Officer of LCC, Mr. Solomon Tolofari who led some officials of the firm to visit the injured staff in the company of his wife and other relatives confirmed that he directed that he should be rushed to the hospital after the attack.
He noted that since the protesters had blocked the road adding that the management team had to take one way and rushed him to Falomo for immediate medical attention.
“We are here to visit dedicated personnel of LCC who was stabbed by EndSARS’ protesters. On that day because of the threat by the protesters, we sourced for external security in addition to our dedicated team.
“We were there when the protesters came in Coaster buses, suddenly they disembarked and the Man O’ War team including Shina Edun was asked to stay close to protect the plaza and before we knew what was going on, they stabbed him in the abdomen and we rushed him to the hospital,” he said.
The CSO however appealed to the Lagos State Government to assist the company in taking care of the medical bill of Edun, saying “he was a victim in the course of discharging his duties. We want the Government to assist us.”
Also speaking, the Head, Commercial and Corporate Media of LCC, Mrs. Veronica Jacob, who was part of the visitation team, said the visit by her organisation was to show Edun that he would not be abandoned.
“You have seen our dedicated staff who was stabbed. We are very concerned about the safety and security of our staff which is why we are here. We thank God he is alive and he is recovering. We pray we don’t encounter something of this nature again. He has gotten medical attention but we will continue to follow up again,” she said.
An elder brother to Edun, Chief Kehinde Yusuf stated that the victim was in serious pain when he was brought back home.
He added that his brother suffered serious pain as a result of the injury, saying the bleeding was too much initially and he was unconscious. He also appealed to the Lagos State government to come to the aid of the family.