Oct 28, 2014 – Pictures: Nigerian Police ASP Emmanuel Mbilla Turns Blind After Navy Officer Poked His Eye With Car Key In Apapa Lagos
3 years before his retirement, a dedicated officer of the Nigerian Police Force, ASP Emmanuel Mbilla has turned blind.
Mbilla who served at the NPF for complete 30 years plans to set up his own private security firm after retirement in 2018 before the unforeseen happened.
Tragedy struck after a life-altering encounter with a Navy rating, Warrant officer Unaji Benjamin Enejor in Kirikiri area of Lagos.
On the 22nd of February 2014, 50-year-old Mbilla was at his wife’s shop at 25 Agunbiade Street, Kirikiri Town, Apapa around 3:30pm when a red Honda rammed into the shop.
Read what the landlady of the shop, Olasunmbo Agunbiade told Punch Metro:
“I am the landlady of the property at 25, Agunbiade Street, Kirikiri Town, Apapa. Emmanuel’s wife, Caroline, sells drinks right in front of the house. Around 3.30pm on February 22, Emmanuel and his wife were seated in front of the shop when a man in a red Honda car rammed into their shop.
“When Emmanuel accosted the driver, the man alighted from the vehicle and identified himself as a navy man and Emmanuel in turn, identified himself as a police officer. The man wanted to leave but Emmanuel told him that he could not leave without at least apologising and the navy man just used his car key to poke Emmanuel in the eye.
“Emmanuel fell to the floor and started screaming, ‘I have lost my sight’. When the navy man saw the severity of the injury he had inflicted on Emmanuel, he jumped into his car and sped off. However, as residents were chasing him, he drove into a gutter and we arrested him.”
A medical report issued by the Eye Foundation Hospital and signed by Dr. Olufemi Oderinlo, the Consultant Opthalmic surgeon/Vitereoretinal specialist on March 3, stated that the victim would need to be flown abroad for treatment for any hope of regaining his sight.
The suspect, Unaji Enejor who was earlier arrested has been released from police detention.