Perhaps if Ebenezer Ayeni, the young man who was allegedly murdered in Ibadan by yet to be identified hoodlums had been swiftly attended to, at the first two hospitals he was rushed to when the incident happened, he would have probably been around to tell the story today.
But unfortunately, someone is telling the story on his behalf and has turned to be a tale that left a sour taste in the mouth. The final year student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan was murdered in his residence at Ojoo in Ibadan on Wednesday.
The news of his death which broke out and shook the society like windstorm further reinforced the question mark that has been placed on the security of lives and properties across the country.
Narrating to punch Newspaper how it happened and how he would have escaped the snare of death if not for the regimented protocols that were being followed by the hospitals, the deceased friend who chose to remain anonymous gave an explicit explanation of the entire scenario.
According to him, Ayeni who was a final year student in Music department of the institution had preached in the afternoon of that Wednesday. He was always known to be taking a firm stand against the activities of cultists and yahoo boys who use young ladies for rituals.
This was what he allegedly preached against on that day. Later in the evening, he was visited by angry hoodlums where he resided alongside his mother and brother. Together with his brother, they were severely machetted by the gang. And when he was trying to escape the attack, they shot at him in the lower abdomen.
However, sympathisers swiftly took him to the UCH but he was denied treatment because of unavailability of police report. He was taken to another hospital but met with a similar experience. It was the third hospital that eventually admitted him for treatment but by then, he had lost a lot of blood.
His blood group was said to be 0 positive and by the time they got a compatible donor, it was too late. He died in the process.
According to his friend, the slain gospel singer was actually planning for his wedding which was originally scheduled for next Saturday. And nobody was planning for his burial.
He had concluded all the plans to tie the knot with his long time fiancee, Bunmi without anybody knowing that the wedding plan would later metamorphose into a burial plan.
However, the Oyo State Police command has claimed that investigation is ongoing to unraveled the mystery behind his tragic death.
His death is a pointer to the deteriorating level of insecurity across the country and the archaic law that governs the activities of medical personnel in the country.
In a normal society, it is the life of patients that matters first before any other consideration. But here in Nigeria, it is either a police report or cash deposit that will be given a priority over the patient who is lying between life and death.
May the soul of Eben Ayeni rest in peace!
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