After what could mildly be described as long wait, succour has finally came the way of two persons, Sani Munhaye, 62, and, Mallam Rabiu Umar Faskari, 59, who sustained gunshots from a robbery attack and a middle aged man, Aminu Lawal, 23, who is suffering from leg cancer, as a member representing Faskari constituency in Katsina State House of Assembly, Honourable Dalhatu Shehu Tafoki, has provided funds needed to afford them medical treatments.
Tafoki, who is the minority whip of the Assembly, it was gathered, had offered to sponsor the treatments of the three victims, all of whom hailed from Faskari local government area of the state. The victims are currently being treated at the Katsina General Hospital.
LEADERSHIP gathered that Sani Munhaye, 62, a native of Munhaye village in Faskari local government area of Katsina State, sustained injuries in gunshots from an armed robbery attack in Sheme village when the car he was travelling in from Jigawa ran into armed bandits.
Sani, who was travelling in a vehicle that was attacked by armed men along Sheme-Yankara road at the Katsina-Zamfara States border, sustained gunshots at his thigh when the dare devil robbers pumped gun into his thigh and allegedly carted away undisclosed sum of money and valuables.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP on his sick bed, Munhaye said, “I was taken home from persons who arrived the scene and rescued us after the robbers had left but there was no money for me to access medical treatments”.
He added that he had remained with the bullets for three days due to lack of money to have it removed “until the honourable member heard of my plight and intervened immediately.”
Like Munhaye, Mallam Rabiu Umar Faskari, 59, who could not afford monies for his medical treatment, sustained injuries from gunshots when armed bandits raided his home and those of his neighbours in Faskari town, the headquarters of Faskari local government area of Katsina State.
It was gathered that armed men stormed the village around 3 am and embark on house to house raiding where they carted away monies before pumping bullets into Umar’s right hand.
“The robbers raided about four houses before reaching my home and shone torch light on my face when I attempted covering my face from the flash of torch light, I received gunshots on my right hand”, Umar enthused.
An medical expert at the Katsina General Hospital, where the patients are currently receiving treatment, Dr Tareek Mohammed, who spoke through an intern, Shehu, said the two victims of armed robbery attacks sustained “serious injuries and the man with gun shots on his thigh was operated upon where we did open reduction, that is, fixing of the bone.”
Dr Mohammed said Aminu Lawal, the 23 year old who is suffering from tumour, would have his leg amputated and noted that screening has commenced to ascertain whether the lad is suffering from benign or malign cancer assuring that treatment would commenced soon once that is discovered.
“At the moment, we have purchased dressing materials worth thousands of naira, of course from monies provided by the assembly member, to continually dress the leg pending the discovery of the type of tumour” the doctor noted.
The popular Dajin Rugu, Rugu forest, which bordered Katsina and Zamfara States has been the hide out of criminals and armed men who terrorise travellers. Of recent, the area had witnessed series of robbery attacks as a result of which a joint security operation team had been deployed to patrol the area.