Mrs. Uchechi Kalu, a mother of four children and a resident of Ohafi in Abia State’s Ohafi Local Government Area, has cried out for help to save her son, who is currently in hospital and awaiting medical surgery following a banditry attack in Abuja.
After their house in Lugbe was attacked by armed hoodlums numbering over ten, Uchechi Kalu, a widow, said her son, Gideon Kalu (21) is now fighting for his life at Alliance Hospital in Area Eleven Garki, Abuja.
“We were sleeping at about 1 am when these hoodlums scaled the fence of our building to attack us.”
Mrs. Kalu told The Nation that when the bandits entered their apartment, they demanded that everyone surrender their cellphones.
Unfortunately, one of the armed bandits took out his knife and cut my son’s stomach open as he demanded his SIM card.
She described the April 28 incident as a horror film, saying the son was covered in a pool of his own blood.
According to her, the hoodlums were robbing people violently from house to house in the estate.
“So they scaled the fence to enter our building which is just close to the road. They have this equipment which they used to open our iron door.
“When they entered they demanded our handsets first. When they collected my son’s handset, he pleaded to them to allow him to collect his sim card because of the NIN registration. It was at this point that one of them raised his knife high and cut the stomach of the boy open.
“They raided several houses in the estate and collected all our valuables, nobody came to our rescue until the bandits operated for several hours and left,” she said, adding that they go through that every day in the area.
Mrs. Kalu, who said she came to the East to solicit for help, however, appealed for assistance from spirited Nigerians to offset the hospital bill which she estimated at N600,000.
“The hospital bill is N6000,000. The doctors said that the knife might have been poisoned and as such requires urgent surgery. I am a widow, but I have managed to pay N200,000 and I need assistance from spirited Nigerians, to offset the remaining amount,” she added.