Blessing: When she was shot
• Shot by corporal, who eloped with her younger sister
“Corporal Emmanuel Okujo shot to kill me, even though my sister is pregnant for him and will have children for him, the law should run its full course.” With those words, Blessing Isanbor, 19, who is still writhing in pains at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja painted the picture of the kind of relationship that will exist between her and police corporal Emmanuel Okujo, who shot her on the cheek and hand on February 10, and eloped with her 17 year old younger sister, Patience, now pregnant for him.
Blessing has spent about three months in the hospital, with her cheekbones and some of her left fingers damaged after she was shot in her parents house in Bariga area of Lagos by Corporal Okujo. She would undergo plastic surgery to fix the bone and to give her a passable-looking-face, the cost of which her mother, a widow, Mrs. Ikuje Isanbor cannot afford.
Just recently, Okujo, who has been in hiding with Patience for over three months resurfaced with the teenage girl heavily pregnant and was promptly arrested by the police. From police sources at Ifako police station, Corporal Okujo was dating both Blessing and Patience at the same time and later decided to settle for Patience. One thing led to another and the ensuing face-off resulted in Okujo shooting Blessing right in her house before he fled with Patience.
Speaking from her hospital bed, Blessing said, in the evening of February 10, she cooked Moin-moin and was in front of their house, at 3 Ogbere Street, Bariga with her sister savouring the delicious meal when Okujo came with a gun and ordered the two sisters into their room.
“ While in the room, he threatened to shoot two of us and himself. It was at that point that he asked me to say my last prayer. He aimed the nozzle of the gun on my head, but as God will have it, instinctively, I tried to shield my head with my hand when he pulled the trigger and the bullets hit my cheek and hands. He closed the door and stayed outside.
“ My sister ran out from the room to a neighbours’s shop, he pursued her and threatened to shoot the man shop-owner if he doesn’t bring out my sister. He dragged my sister to the house and quickly picked some clothes and locked the door against me in the pool of my blood and abducted her at gun point”, she explained.
When Saturday Sun confronted Blessing with the issue of the two sisters dating Okujo at the same time, she couldn’t give a definite answer but said that “ we were casual friends” and went on to ask if that could be a justifiable reason for the policeman to shoot her. She accused the police at Ifako of coming up with that story to divert attention from the main issue.
Saturday sun findings reveal that when Okujo showed interest to marry Patience, her mother objected to it, raising the suspicion that that may be due to Okujo’s earlier relationship with Blessing. It was also gathered that Okujo struck at the time he did based on his knowledge of Mrs. Isabor itinerary, which indicates that she wouldn’t be at home that fateful evening.
Before Okujo came out from hiding, the family had through a Non- Governmental Organisation, Crime Victims Foundation (CRIVFON) Nigeria, petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State over police lukewarm response in finding Patience, arresting and prosecuting Okujo. The NGO had noted that the mother of Patience as well as Blessing are, “undergoing serious psychological torment because of double tragedy that has befallen the family because of the nefarious act of Cpl. Emmanuel Okujo” and appealed to the police boss, “ to use your good office to assist these two victims from the pang of abuse of power so that justice will be seen to have been done speedily, to save Blessing from untimely death by taking responsibility of her medical bills and to ascertain Patience and the culprit whereabout.”
The body also asked that “No stone should be left unturned to fish out the uncouth police officer who had caused this kind of heinous act and be brought to face the full wrath of the law.” When he eventually came out from hiding, Okujo was arrested and paraded before newsmen. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPR0) Lagos command, Jaiyejobe Joseph said after the orderly room trial,the suspect would be prosecuted in regular court.
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Comot | 6/16/2012 1:37:58 AM
This eediat should be jailed for a very long time on hard labour for attempted murder, false imprisonment of a minor & sxual abuse, but sadly I dont see it happening.
This pervert has ruined the lives of that family and should not be protected even if he "was provoked". Nothing should make him abuse his power by firing a gun in someface's like that without having to defend.
And why is the younger sister not saying exactly what happened? And why are these yound teenagers having sx when they should be going school ? But still the blame lies totally with this "corporal". Disgusting ! Reply this thread
Mark | 6/16/2012 5:48:55 AM |
This is really sad but I have a question... is is not possible for Nigerian doctors to actually dress a wound? It looks like what my kid would do on her doll. This is not the first time I am seeing this kind of tacky dressing. So sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lalaland | 6/16/2012 5:49:49 AM |
So this is for real? Kai!
Angel | 6/16/2012 1:39:07 AM
That is an animalistic act. He should pay for the surgery and later be sentenced to 14yrs inprisonment. An heartless man that want to destroy the lives of two sisters. Go and die in jail i***t..... Reply this thread
Lalaland | 6/16/2012 5:51:46 AM |
If he wanna pay for the surgery has he got the money? I think he should be castrated for doing this to the girl and also running away with her 17 year old sister who is pregnant for him! CASTRATE the fhucker I say! Kai! It looks painful o! Poor girl!
Angel | 6/16/2012 7:05:28 AM |
Yes he should be castrated and later thrown in jail. He is a lunatic.
Teema | 6/16/2012 2:27:03 AM
Na wa o so dis man has d gods 2 do all dis.may God hep us. Reply this thread
Teema | 6/16/2012 2:27:06 AM
Na wa o so dis man has d gods 2 do all dis.may God hep us. Reply this thread
Nwa aba | 6/16/2012 4:13:18 AM
God i beg make u come help us 4 diz nigeria wey we dey. Reply this thread
Lulu | 6/16/2012 5:59:12 AM
Na wa oo for teenagers of today, they should be in school and mind their studies and not misbehaving with men. what do they know now but the Man is wicked ooo Reply this thread
Fred | 6/16/2012 6:54:41 AM
Ds man's manhood should b used to make money2pay 4 d bill. D eediatik muan Reply this thread
sum 1 | 6/16/2012 6:54:50 AM
Try to be fulfilled with what GOD has given you if not d consequences may b dangerous. Reply this thread
Divine | 6/16/2012 10:04:15 AM
all this drunkard that called them-slaves Nigerian police , they really need to sweep them out because they are abusing our country and they are spoiling the image of our country. i don't see any seriousness in them Reply this thread
A.A.C | 6/16/2012 10:17:55 AM
Shee F.G sed dey r goin to use 1.5trn to reform police, cant dey see dat dey r recruitin thiefs, villians, illiterater, boko harams, wat more will i say, police my yansh. Reply this thread
Onome-Dublin Ireland | 6/16/2012 11:52:10 AM |
This is so disgusting l must confess. This sychopath should not go unpunished. He must be made to face the law. For illigally abducted a minor and attempted murder same time.
The dude is a pervert, having an affair with two sisters, after seeing the elder sister later decide to shove her and get entangled with the younger sister ( a minor). So, disgusting.
He should be paraded naked, make to pay for the surgery, and then face jail sentence. Rot in jail! Demential caricature!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Taiwo Idowu NY | 6/16/2012 12:23:33 PM
What crime has this young lady committed to deserve this kind of treatment from the law enforcement that was suppose to protect her?.To brutalize another human being like this?.Her family should get the best Lawyer in Nigeria and sue the freaking daylight out of the Nigerian Police.Next should be punishment for all the Animals call police that did this crap to her.The punishment should be swift.This is the reason some of us in overseas will not want to visit.Nigeria is a lawless and corrupt country.Where is the Human rights activist in Nigeria?.They should go to Aso Rock and protest this inhumane treatment because they might be next.I don't have any faith in the Nigeria justice system because it will be swept under the rug.(Unknown Soldier).May god help us. Reply this thread
mystic | 6/16/2012 7:59:12 PM
jah.......................wata ting................babylons dem ma called "polizzzzzzze"............. come hear say another babylonian group dem ma called.............haram boko.................dem gwan inna di hidden place cos dem nuh say haram boko gawn inna di sucide mission & kan blast dem body & soul inna di natty way...................bout fi a see dem righteous man dem kome show say dem wide & wocless...................lite i dem fiah & watch i burn dem inna di wicked style.......................................natty rude batty bwoys Reply this thread
Ltd | 6/17/2012 12:46:47 AM |
What is this mumu saying
Taiwo Idowu NY | 6/17/2012 9:39:23 AM |
Don't understand either.
Shayor baby | 6/21/2012 3:23:04 AM |
It seems u are oute of ur mind for pronouncing r*****h out of ur mouth. F**k u id**t.
Jane | 6/28/2012 2:36:09 PM
Gal God's wit u at al times n u still ve more work 2 do in dis world.
Shame on them!!!!!!!!
Got well. Reply this thread