By  Babatunde Titilola

A commercial motorcycle rider, Koleade Aderibigbe, has become bedridden after a road accident at Atan, in the Ota area of Ogun State.

Aderibigbe, who spoke to our correspondent from his sick bed, said he suffered a broken leg and fractured his knee in the crash.

The 37-year-old said he needed N1.3m for a surgery and appealed to Nigerians to come to his rescue.

The graduate of Economics Education, University of Lagos, Akoka, said he became a motorcycle rider after a tutorial centre he was managing shut down because he could no longer pay his rent.

He recalled that while on his motorcycle on February 5, 2019 around Atan, a tricycle crushed and dragged him beside a culvert.

Good Samaritans were said to have rushed him to the nearest hospital, but he was rejected because his condition was critical.

Aderibigbe said, “I discovered I could not move my left leg. I thought it was only a fracture. I was referred to a traditional-medical centre for the rearrangement of my fractured bone.”

It was learnt that the centre demanded N105,000 for his treatment.

The father of one said, “After three months of treatment, I was able to move the leg. But I discovered that the fracture wasn’t healing and it got to a point I couldn’t stand on the knee.

“I decided to go for an X-ray. I took the X-ray to a private hospital at Ota. The doctor said my kneecap was also fractured and I needed surgery. He said even if the leg is healed, the fractured knee will not allow me to walk. He said I needed N1.3m to walk again.”

Aderibigbe said the hospital demanded N100,000 as an advance fee before he would be issued a medical report.

Without a wife, he said it was hard taking care of himself and his son and relied on friends and relatives.

The Osun State indigene pleaded with well-meaning Nigerians to help him raise N1.3m needed to complete the surgeries and other treatments.

Contacted, the doctor in charge of his treatment, Afolábí Odunsi, confirmed his condition.

He said, “The fracture is close to his left knee. We have to operate on the knee. But due to the economic situation of the country, the hospital has included a 10 per cent increase in treatment costs.

“We usually request an advance fee because they may not come back for treatment after well-meaning Nigerians raise the money for them.”

However, Aderibigbe promised to spend the money on his treatment.

Interested Nigerians can donate to his bank account: 0162418854 Guaranty Trust Bank, Aderibigbe Koleade Moses.

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