One Ifeanyi Mmezi has been left unconscious and battling for life after a stray bullet from an OP MESA van on Thursday, hit him at Ijegun, a Lagos suburb.
The victim was rushed to Igando General Hospital where doctors have been battling to resuscitate him.
It was learnt that soldiers of OP MESA – one of the security outfits funded by the Lagos Government – drafted to checkmate the activities of militants and kidnappers at Ijedodo community, started shooting sporadically around 1pm yesterday.
Mr. Mmezi, who was alighting from a commercial bus during the sporadic shooting, was said to have been hit by stray bullet on his left hand.
An eyewitness, who simply gave her name as Iya Modina, said: “The soldiers were in their van driving through Ijegun Bus Stop, when they started shooting into the air. Before we knew it, a man who was alighting a commercial bus was hit by stray bullet. People scampered for safety and the soldiers just drove past.
“Some people started making calls to alert the relevant agencies. A man picked the victim’s phone and called some contacts on it. But when his relatives arrived, he was already at the hospital”.
Confirming the incident, the victim’s cousin, Wisdom Osimiri, said Mmezi was returning from work when he was hit by stray bullet.
According to him, doctors might amputate his cousin’s arm once he’s resuscitated.
Osimiri said: “My cousin boarded a bus from Ikotun to Ijegun, only to be hit by a stray bullet from soldiers. He is unconscious as I speak. The doctors said they would transfer him”.