Ekiti Shooting: Bamidele Flown to Lagos for Further Treatment

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The Special Assistant on Media to Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, Ahmed Salami, has disclosed that his principal has been moved to Lagos for treatment as a follow up to the surgeries he undertook for the gunshot wounds he sustained during a rally organized for Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Friday.

It will be recalled at the welcome rally organized by the All Progressives Congress(APC) for its governorship candidate for the July 14 election, Bamidele and five other persons were shot among the crowd when a policeman mishandled his riffle and released sporadic gunshots into the crowd.

Bamidele, who was hit in the stomach and legs, was immediately taken to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti for prompt emergency medicare.

In a statement on sunday,Salami said Bamidele was flown to Lagos aboard an Air Ambulance Chopper with registration number 5N-BSW belonging to Flying Doctors Nigeria, which landed at about 3.05pm at Christ's School, Ado-Ekiti metropolis.

"Though, Bamidele's health has stabilized appreciably, there was need for him to go for post surgery treatments to ensure quick convalescence for him to be able to join Dr. Fayemi's campaign train, of which he has been playing a pivotal role.

"We want to assure our teeming supporters to discountenance the misinformation by rumour peddlers that his health had relapsed, saying he was in a stable condition and people were already having unfettered access to him at EKSUTH before he left for Lagos.

"Dr. Fayemi and his wife Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Aare Afe Babalola, Engr. Segun Oni, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Dr. Wole Oluleye, Barrister Victor Kolade and several other bigwigs in APC circle including ordinary members of his party were allowed access to him on the sick bed confirming the appreciable level of his stability before being allowed to be taken out of the state," the statement read.

Salami disclosed that lack of equipment and personnel at the Ekiti State University Teaching hospital was the reason he had been taken to Lagos in order to enhance his recovery.

He said: "Let me put on records that his being taken to Lagos was caused by gross dearth of equipment and personnel at EKSUTH.

"As much as we salute the proficiency and commitments of the Doctors in the hospital, let me also added that many of the consultants and equipment used in performing the surgery were hired from other hospitals.

"To forestall a situation whereby we have to rely on bringing equipment that were readily available in other hospitals down to Ekiti to treat him, we decided to shift him to such hospital to fast track his recuperation."

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