Man killed by “tragic accidental dis­charge”


A man in his 30s, Bo­laji Odejimi of Field Base was at the weekend allegedly killed by a dane gun one said to have been shot by Mur­tala Barde of Gwanba. But the police said it appears to be a “tragic accidental dis­charge.”

According to eye wit­nesses, the incident oc­curred near Nigeria Se­curity and Civil Defence Corps office while Barde was riding his motorcycle with his Dane gun hang­ing across his shoulders. He collided with another motor cycle causing the loaded gun to explode and the stray bullet hit Ode­jimi, who was sitting in front of his house probably watching at passersby.

He was rushed to the General Hospital Suleja where he was pronounced dead, while Barde and one Mike Onope are still re­ceiving treatment.

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The deceased has since been buried according to Islamic rites.

Confirming the inci­dent, Suleja Area Com­mander, Paul Odama noted that, “So far, we have absolutely no reason to believe this was anything more than a tragic acci­dental discharge.

“We make this known because accidents happen. When two motorcycles crash, traffic officers call them collision, but the members of the public re­fer to them as ‘accidents.’ Why? They are not inten­tional.

“We extend our sym­pathy to the deceased’s family, yet the man with the dane gun will suffer as well.

“He will bear the burden of the catastrophic event. Though, the indicator seems to declare it was an accident”.

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