Flash: JTF-Shot Maiduguri University Student, Abdulmumini Abubakar Feared Brain Damaged

The 400 level Adult Education student of the University of Maiduguri, Abdulmumini Abubakar, who was shot in the head in an exchange of gunfire between insurgents and members of the Joint Task Force, JTF, is reportedly brain damaged.

Mr. Abubakar was shot while riding in a taxi on January 4, allegedly by the JTF. The Task Force later claimed the victim was hit by a stray bullet during a gun battle between the JTF and members of the Boko Haram.

One of the doctors treating Mr. Abubakar informed our correspondent on Monday that the student was brain damaged from the gun wound which hit his head.

The doctor said that though the surgery conducted on him was successful and the bullet lodged in his head removed, the procedure came a bit late.

The doctor, who would rather not be identified for security reasons said the student “went into a relapse and is now in what we call vegetable state”.

The source also said it will be difficult for Mr. Abubakar to get all his mental faculties back, adding that Mr. Abubakar is still in coma as at Monday 6:50 p.m.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the University of Maiduguri, Mohammed Ahmed, simply said the student “is still in the hospital and is responding well to treatment.”

The Head of Information and Public Relations at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where the student is being treated, Mabruka Babagaji, declined comment saying she was off duty; and referred our reporter back to Mr. Ahmed.

Courtesy Premium Times

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