A man, Joshua Ejiyere, has cried out for help after losing his right arm to a mill machine operated by his late father’s friend Michael Ujoh several years ago at a registered poultry farm. West Coast Investment Limited.
Ejiyere, who is seeking justice, told SaharaReporters that the incident put an end to his aspirations and dreams for a better life as no one was willing to employ him.
He explained that in 2004, when he was 16, he visited a poultry farm which belonged to Ujoh because the latter was a friend of his father.
The young man said that Ujoh allowed the Ejiyeres to visit the farm and take the rest of the processed maize which was then used to feed the pigs raised by the latter’s family, due to the relationship between them.
According to him, Ujoh also benefited because the Ejiyeres cleared the warehouse.
While there, Ujoh accidentally put on the machine which immediately severed Joshua’s right arm.
The young man said that Ujoh knew his hand was inside the machine but he (Joshua) did not know the machine was about to be powered as he was facing another direction.
Subsequently, the Ejiyeres hired the services of some lawyers who took over the case in 2004. However, Joshua said they suddenly fled in 2015 after unsuccessful attempts to seek justice.
He said the legal representatives had not provided any valid reason to withdraw from the case.
He lamented that the incident cost him the life he wanted and he was unable to find a job.
He said: ‘I was behind the machine when he turned it on and it took my right hand away from my body. In the pool of my own blood, I was rushed to hospital. They refused to take responsibility for the bills; then my eldest brother took the case to the police station, which didn’t turn up anything positive. It was then taken to court.
“In court, the machine operator’s lawyer turned the case around saying I was a thief and the machine operator didn’t know I was there. Ojo District Court ruled in my favor despite the allegation.
“And after several court hearings, the case then went to Badagry High Court in 2007 which lasted until 2014 after which the court ruled in my favor by Judge EA Adebajo of the High Court from Lagos Igboshere.
“After the High Court decision they appealed in the same year, so far nothing has been done. I have been to my solicitor several times in the person of Chief Macdonald O.B, Omolemen (Gab -anna chambers) They keep telling me they didn’t give a date. Honestly, the lawyer just backed off without a word since 2015.
“Due to frustration, I took the matter to the state command, but they said it was beyond their power. So, I went to Alausa, Ikeja, the Ministry of the health referred me to the ministry of justice after submitting several letters, i was advised to register with the ministry of disability affairs but all of that was for naught i lost hope and confidence in the judicial system of this country and the hope of the common man.
“My father and my mother are late; I have no means of survival. Life has been really hard for me because I’ve tried many times to commit to something but even when I explain what I can do I’m not totally useless no one wants to give me the opportunity to try.
“Now begging on the streets of Lagos is the only option I have left but I don’t like to live like this because there is dignity in work and what I earn with hard work will get me a lot of joy compared to begging on the street.
“I am using this medium to implore the government and the general public to help me get justice and end injustice in Nigeria. Please help me.”
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Source: Sahara reporters.