...Then all the medical expenses were over N1million was paid by me. The police did not assist me to pay a single kobo out of the entire medical bill. I paid with the little I had as well as with the assistance of my family. My both parents died on this matter…
An ex-mobile policeman, Mr Sunday Ige has begged the Federal Government and other relevant authorities to help him out as the Federal Government has served him notice of eviction from an apartment in the Federal Housing Estate also known as Shagari Estate, Akure, the Ondo State Capital.
Narrating his Ordeal,the 57-year-old Ige, who has been occupying a unit of the estate before his sack in 2006, said he had paid N125,000, which is the 10percent of the total package, to buy the apartment but was unable to pay up the balance due to his health condition, which according to him , caused his disengagement from service .
Ige said he was involved in a ghastly road accident while on a special duty at Itire Area of Lagos State , where he lost his one leg and had a spinal cord injury in 2001 and since then, he could not walk nor stand.
Owing to his health condition , he said he was disengaged from the Nigeria Police Force in 2006.
He pointed out that he had been living in that apartment since when he was attached to the Police Mobile Force 17 in Akure and shortly after he was sacked from the force, the FG sold the apartment to him for N1,250,000 and he was asked to make initial payment of N125,000 which is 10percent of the total sum and pay the balance on installment, which he did from the N250,000 he received from the police as gratuity.
However, the ex-cop said he could not pay the balance since then as he could not do anything as work following his health condition, adding that the FG, through the office of the Implementation Committed of the White Paper on the Commission of Enquiry into the Alienation of Federal Government Landed Property of the Presidency, gave him two weeks to pack out of the apartment, and the ultimatum expired this week Friday.
He said, “I was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in September 1991 and I passed out from the training school, Iperu in 1992. After the training, I was posted to Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State. In 1993, I was mobilized to the Nigeria Mobile Force, Akure. In January 16, 2001, I was posted for a special duty in Lagos and I was attached to the Itire Police Station where I was knocked down by a vehicle while on duty.
“When the accident occurred, I was rushed to General Hospital, Ikeja and I was later moved to a private hospital. When my situation could not be handled at both the general and private hospitals, I was moved to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife. OAUTH.
“At Ife (OAUTH), my leg was amputated. After the leg had been amputated, it was later discovered that I had spinal cord injury which has made mobility to be difficult for me. I was discharged from OAUTH in November 2001. Then all the medical expenses were over N1million was paid by me. The police did not assist me to pay a single kobo out of the entire medical bill. I paid with the little I had as well as with the assistance of my family. My both parents died on this matter.
“In 2006, December 31st, I was retrenched as a Corporal from the Nigeria Police and my salary was immediately stopped. In 2009, police authority paid me N225,000 as my gratuity with my pension pegged at N5000 monthly, later it was increased to N8000 but with the minimum wage, I now received N16,000 as monthly pension.
On his apartment in the estate, Ige explained, , “In 2003, the house was allocated to me while I was in service and in 2007, the Federal Housing said that it wants to dispose the houses at the rate of N1.250 million and we were told to pay 10 percent first. I picked up interest to buy the house since I have been living there and I paid the 10 percent.
“Since then, I have not been able to raise the balance because of my condition. Just last week, the ministry brought eviction letter that I should pack out of the house. If I’m evicted from this house, I have nowhere to go to, that is final end of me because of my condition. I have no wife because when the accident happened I was yet to get married. It was my child that i had when I was in the secondary school that has been taking care of me since.”,
While appealing to the government and well-meaning Nigerians to help out of his predicament , Ige declare that there was no hope of where to live if he is eventually ejected from the apartment.
“I begging the government and well meaning individuals to come to my aid in the name of God, there is no where for me to go and there is no how I can raise the money. It is my friends that have been feeding me , buying my drugs and do other assistance for the past 21 years. Government should please assist me, ” he appealed.