Emmanuel Madubuezi, the student whose leg was amputated after he was shot by a soldier, will sue the Nigerian Army for N1 billion.
Tope Akinyode, his lawyer, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday. He said his client and his family had been through a lot since the shooting.
Akinyode, who is also the National President of Revolutionary Lawyers’ Forum, said, “As they have both instructed, we’ll ask the court to compel the Nigerian Army to pay N1 billion compensation. The lawsuit will be filed this week.”
Madubuezi was hit by a stray bullet while on his way to school on September 14, 2017. He was in a tricycle going to Port Harcourt Polytechnic, when he was hit by a stray bullet in his hand and left leg. The bullet pierced through his left leg and hit an elderly woman next to him.
His leg was amputated at the Holy Trinity Hospital, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on September 25, 2017.
Akinyode said the army did not foot the medical bills of his client and did not offer him any compensation. He said the army vowed not to give him a dime when he wrote to demand N150 million compensation.
The army was quoted to have said the soldier acted on his own and they could not bear the liability.