A personnel of the Nigerian Civil Defence and Security Corps has shot and killed a 100 level student of the state owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of Bayelsa State.
The deceased, a first year student from the faculty of Engineering, Petrochemical department, was reportedly shot three times.
Some witnesses say the NSCDC personnel who was in company of other police officers, were at a popular bar known as the Usual karaoke bar when his gun failed, and in an attempt to free the gun, about three bullets were accidentally discharged into victim’s body.
The NSCDC operative is said to have been on official escort duty to a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the area, Chief Abel Ebifemowei .
Chief Abel Ebifemowei who confirmed the development, described the incident as unfortunate and sad, he however, denied being at a drinking bar.
Ebifemowei said ‘It is a lie that I was at the Usual Bar when the incident happened and I was not with the official vehicle of Senator Lokpobiri. It is an act of mischief to include Senator Lokpobiri into the incident. The Civil Defence personnel with me was trying to free his gun when it went off. The accident was not about me or the Senator Lokpobiri campaign organisation.’
‘It is unfortunate that he did not face it up. The affected personnel was not drunk as claimed.it was just an accidental discharge which every security personnel pray not to happen to him. I was not at a bar. I was in Amassoma to observe the Local Government election ahead of the coming governorship poll.’
He also confirmed that the corpse of the deceased has been taken to Yenagoa by the Police and the NSCDC personnel in custody, ‘the security escorts have followed me for over 10-years and we have never experienced such incident. it is unfortunate”.