Police Abandoned Me After I Was Almost Blinded on Duty —ASP.
An Assistant Superintendent of Police, John Joshua, has appealed to Nigerians for financial help to restore his sight after the police abandoned him, following an attack on him and other officers in the line of duty.
Joshua, who made the plea in a YouTube video published on Tuesday, said he was ambushed three years ago after a distress call was made for police intervention.
He said, On December 31, 2016, I received a distress call that there were some hoodlums attacking the Chivita’s warehouse and they needed police assistance. The controller asked me to move with my men immediately and I led my men to the place, unknown to us that they were lying in ambush.
As soon as we got to that place, they attacked us there with acid which got me in my eye. Both my eyes were affected. The police and the company took me to the hospital, promising that they were going to get me the treatment I needed.
They abandoned me in the hospital and I am about to lose my two eyes now. What they demanded for my operation is only N2.5m. To date, they have not agreed to do the operation for me and I’m about to lose my two eyes. I am appealing to all Nigerians to come to my aid.
Joshua bemoaned his desertion by the police, adding that he was simply doing his job by trying to provide protection to seemingly vulnerable members of society.
He said, In the line of duty, I never went to that place to commit any atrocity or to steal but to save lives and property. And in the course of it, I fell into this problem. The police that sent me there abandoned me; the company abandoned me.
The five children I have in school have all dropped out, so I have been retired from the Nigeria Police Force as a result of my problem. I appeal for Nigerians to come to my aid to encourage others who are still there to take the work seriously.
This is why some policemen run away when they are called in the line of duty. They run away because, if anything happens, nobody will come to their aid. I have fallen victim of it and I am appealing to Nigerians to come and assist me so that I don’t completely go blind.