Kalejaiye Bolaji, a candidate of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) who was caught by stray bullets during a violent clash in Mile 12 area in Lagos State, clocked 17 on Wednesday.
It will be recalled that Bolaji Kalejaiye who was on his way home from where he went to write JAMB examination was hit by a stray bullet in the stomach during the Mile 12 ethnic clash on the 3rd of March.
The bullet fired from an unknown direction pierced his stomach and ruptured his intestines, before he was rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
I had just left my center after writing the JAMB test and when I got to the road at Mile 12, I saw people raising their hands, and I also did same, just to be able to get home.
He said a gun bullet had suddenly pierced him from behind and he next saw his intestine pouring out of his stomach at his front.
I used my hands to hold my intestine from falling down and I was pushing them back inside.
The survivor said he saw a police station and hastened his steps there for protection and help, but was bounced out by the police officers who saw him dying with a delicate bullet-opening on his stomach.
They said this is a police station and not a hospital. They shouted at me to go out.
A medical enthusiast, Bolaji who scored 250 in the JAMB test said he is studying with an utmost dream to become a medical Doctor.
I have a strong will to live my dream as a medical Doctor and I have assured my parents that I shall survive this. I will not die.
What is uniquely notable in Bolaji’s story is his undying courage throughout the treatment process, from the point of being shot, had an unprecedented determination to live, and he did.
The student pledged to study medicine and had also insisted he would live to rescue victims of violent situations, especially for his receipt of the same privilege.
Bolaji celebrated his birthday on Wednesday with the members of the Women Arise for Change Initiative while he expressed his joy for their unquantifiable support.
The Women Arise team led by their President, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Joe Okei-Odumakin, family, and friends could not hold back their joy as the all gathered to celebrate the student.
Bolaji cutting cake with members of the Women Arise for Change Initiative
Bolaji on sick bed