Tragic: Callous robbers shoots taxify driver in the eyes

A taxify driver in Lagos, Nigeria, has lost his sight after robbers shot him in the eyes.

In a report by Punch, the taxi driver is identified as Tomi Waziri aged 27 years old and a graduate of Physics from the Kogi State University.

Waziri lost his sight to an armed robbery attack while in traffic in the Apongbon area of Lagos.

It was further reported that Waziri, who was waiting for his call up letter from the National Youth Service Corps for the mandatory one year service, was a driver, who got his sister’s husband to engage him as a Taxify driver until the sad incidence.

How it all happened

Taxify driver shot in the eyes
Armed robber changed Tomi Waziri’s fate when he was shot in the eyes. (

Narrating the ordeal, Waziri said it all happened on September 12, when two armed robbers attacked him while in traffic and shot him in the face.

Waziri was said to be conveying a female passenger to the Papa Ajao area of Mushin around 8.00 p.m., when the robbers attacked him.

“I live at No. 35 Daudu Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi. I was robbed in traffic on the Apongbon Bridge, Lagos, on September 12, 2019, by two young men around 8pm. I was a Taxify (now Bolt) driver and I had a female passenger in the car. We were going to Papa Ajao, Mushin.

“One of the robbers pointed a gun at me; I was about giving him my phone, when he shot me in the face and collected the phone. The pellets shattered the window and hit me in my two eyes.

“The robbers ran away immediately I was shot. My passenger became scared and panicky. The next thing I noticed was that she disembarked from the vehicle and began calling for help as she was running away.

“I was bleeding profusely without help. I came down from the vehicle and shouted for help; nobody answered. After about five minutes, two policemen showed up.

“They were the ones who took me to the Military Hospital, Yaba, in my vehicle. One of the policemen drove us to the hospital. While driving, the other was busy holding me and saying kind words to me so that I wouldn’t give up.

“When we got there, I was given first aid to stabilise my condition.

“I lost vision immediately I was shot. After treatment, it is still the same, we are only hoping for God’s intervention. The vehicle belongs to my sister’s husband. I used to remit money to him pending when I would get the NYSC call-up letter.

Waziri acknowledged the help of his brother-in-law saying he has been supportive, and is always around for him.

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