Shina Abubakar – Osogbo
An officer from the State Security Department attached to the Osun State Command, identified as Seyi Adebowale, is said to have died from the wound inflicted by a stray bullet.
The bullet, it was deduced, was fired by the weapons of a Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) operative identified as Sunday Dada during the commissioning of a bridge built by the Nigerian Army in Kuta, Government Area. State Ayedire Local on September 15
According to a source at the event, security personnel were deployed to the town due to the presence of the Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and there was no violation of public order throughout the event.
The source added that the incident did not even attract the attention of the guests at the event because the victim was rushed to the Iwo General Hospital, where she was treated and stabilized.
But then Seyi was transferred to Ladoke Akintola University Hospital in Osogbo and had surgery on his stomach, where the bullet hit him.
A source at the hospital revealed that after his operation on September 17, he was recovering, but it was later discovered that he had a swelling in his stomach and was deteriorating.
“The attention of the hospital’s chief medical director, Professor Babatunde Olaitan, was brought to the attention of the situation to calm the nerves of the hectic DSS staff at the clinic. Seyi was again taken to the operating room for another surgery and fell into a coma in the process.
“However, he died early on Wednesday, September 30 at the hospital,” the source said.
However, attempts to obtain a reaction from DSS were unsuccessful, but a source from the command confirmed the incident.
Meanwhile, Osun NSCDC acting spokesperson Adigun Daniel described the incident as an operational error.
He said the NSCDC officer was trying to clear his rifle chamber of any ammunition, but did not complete the process effectively before attempting to drop the rifle, leading to the accidental discharge.
“The rifle was not free of ammunition when he turned it upside down and hit a stone in the process. The bullet was deflected by the stone in the direction of the passing DSS officer.
“However, the NSCDC does not take this issue for granted, as we speak, the officer is on trial and the conclusion would be made public,” he added.