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Nollywood actor, Charles Okocha, who after a failed surgery on bullet wounds returned to the hospital, has narrated the incident that led to his ordeal.
It will be recalled that the actor was attacked sometime in 2015 while attending a function in Nnewi, Anambra state, where some armed men allegedly shot at him severally.
He had returned to the hospital to remove the stitches and while the stitches were being removed, his stomach burst open, exposing his intestines.
In a chat with The Punch, Okocha said, “I would have been ‘six feet’ down by now if not for the grace of God.
The actor, who survived after five bullets were removed from his body, confirmed he was accidentally hit by bullets from the gun of a mobile policeman while attending a function in Nnewi, Anambra State.
Recalling the events that led to the tragedy, Okocha said, “I stepped out of the wedding venue to receive a call and then walked into a bunch of fans that made some complimentary remarks.
“As I moved closer to acknowledge their love for me, a policeman who was around also walked to where we were standing and said that my movies always made him happy.
“He said as a mark of appreciation of my works and the respect he had for me, he would shoot into the air as a form of salute, even though I didn’t fancy the idea.
“The guy was very drunk and so when he corked his gun to shoot, it fell from his hand.
“Unfortunately, the gun had been programmed to shoot rapidly and sporadically. I was very close to him and before the gun dropped some bullets had hit me.
“I had to hold my intestine which was already out with my hands. It was a very horrifying experience. I did not get to the hospital till after an hour even with the way I was bleeding profusely.
“At the hospital, doctors brought out five bullets from my body. There was a bullet that was removed from my leg and I bless God that the bullet did not hit my bone because it could have been crippled. Three major surgeries have left me performed on me so far.
“Last week, after the stitches had been removed and I was due for discharge, my stomach suddenly burst open again, exposing all of my intestines.
“I was quickly rushed back into the theatre and I’ve been in the hospital ever since. It is a miracle that I am still alive,” the actor added.