Joy as Abeokuta stray bullet victim leaves Federal Medical Centre


The 27-year-old man, Gabriel Michael, who was hit by a stray bullet during the cash scarcity protest in Abeokuta, has been discharged from the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Abeokuta, after 16 days of receiving treatment from the hospital.

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Michael was reportedly shot on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 when protesters stormed banks in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital to express their displeasure over the naira scarcity experienced in the state and across the country.

The FMC in a statement signed by Head, Public Relations & Information, Segun Orisajo, on Thursday, disclosed that Michael has been discharged from the hospital.

The statement reads, “Michael Gabriel, the 27 years old stray bullet victim of naira protest that occurred in Abeokuta has been discharged from the Federal Medical Centre Idi-Aba Abeokuta after 16 days in the hospital. He left for home last night.

“Michael was rushed to the emergency department of the hospital unconscious on Tuesday, 7th February,2023 following a stray bullet that hit him when pandemonium broke out at Sapon in Abeokuta over protests against naira and petroleum scarcity.”

Speaking in an interview after his discharge, Michael expressed profound gratitude to God, the team of doctors, nurses and other health workers who worked round the clock to save his life, and the Medical Director, FMCA Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu for prompt mobilization and response of his personnel.

He said, “They all worked hard to save my life. They gave me the best of care. If not for God and their quick intervention, I may not be alive today.”

Michael also expressed gratitude to Governor Dapo Abiodun and the Health Commissioner, Tomi Coker for their concern, care, financial support and more importantly for visiting him on his sick bed.

On his part, the Medical Director, Prof. Musa-Olomu emphasized that the successful management of Michael, among several novel surgeries in the Centre is another positive pointer to the imperativeness of transforming the Centre into a Teaching Hospital.

Musa-Olomu said, “the latest professional manner in which we successfully managed the case of Gabriel gives us hope that this Centre is on a worthy cause of becoming a Teaching Hospital.”