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An artist, Smart Owie,
shot by police during the
demolition of the Artistes
Village at the National
Theatre, Lagos, said he was
being denied treatment by
hospitals because he had no
police report.
Owie was shot in his right
leg on January 23 during the
demolition of some structures
at the village believed to be
Artefacts worth over N40
million were also destroyed
during the demolition of the
village, within the premises
of the National Council of
Arts and Culture, NCAC.
The demolition was on the
order of the General Manager
of the National Theatre,
Kabiru Yusuf, who also
supervised it.
Owie claimed that because
of lack of police report,
hospitals had denied him
treatment, saying that he
must produce police report
to ascertain the source of his
“I’m lucky that the bullet
did not lock in my leg but
just pierced it, but I need an
x-ray to ascertain the extent
of the damage to my leg, but
I have not been able to do the
x-ray or receive treatment
because police refused to
give me a report that could
be taken along to hospital for
“The funny thing is that
since it is a bullet wound,
people are sceptical of treating
me. Doctors at the Lagos
State University Teaching
Hospital, LASUTH, with the
intervention of known artistes
only helped to apply light
treatment, but I still need a
comprehensive diagnosis of
what has happened to my leg
which has not been done as
we speak,’’ he said.
According to him, the
minister of information
and culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, who later came
after the demolition, promised
him better treatment.
“He (the minister) also
promised that there will be
compensation. But as I am
talking to you, there has not
been anything.
“The minister saw me, he
came closer to my side, I also
showed him an x-ray referral
letter from LASUTH that I
should bring a police report,’’
he said.
Owie said what was most
important to him now was
his health and that he wanted
to get well to start catering for
his family.
“I don’t have the minister’s
contact number and I do
not have that of any of his
assistants. I’ve not been able
to do anything. I have a
family. I have three daughters
and my wife is currently
“My first child is in JSS 3, the
second in JSS I and the third
in KG II, while the fourth is
on the way.
“As I’m talking to you, I am
helpless. I cannot provide my
dependants’ basic needs,’’ he
Owie said he had an
exhibition and other
commission jobs to do but
that the bullet wound had
grounded him. (NAN

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