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Police ‘stray bullets’ kill 2 in Ekiti

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A police officer in Ekiti State on Tuesday evening fired his gun and killed two people in the officers described as a mistake.

The incident occurred around 10pm at the Omisanjana area of Ado Ekiti, the state capital, following an accident involving a driver.

It was learnt that following the incident, angry youths in the area, attempted to mob the driver of the vehicle, which made the driver call in the police to prevent them setting the vehicle ablaze.

However, the presence of police officers could not deter the youths who were adamant and uncontrollable.

An attempt by the police to control the situation led to what they described as an accidental discharge that hit the two victims.

They were thereafter rushed to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, but later died, their bodies have been deposited in the morgue.

The spokesperson for the Ekiti State Police Command, DSP Sunday Abutu, said investigation has commenced on the matter.

Abutu in a statement said: “The Command, upon receipt of the information, deployed the State Traffic Section to the scene to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order as well as ensuring the safety of the victims.

“On getting to the scene, the officers met a resistance as some irate youths disallowed them from performing their lawful duty and insisted on carrying out jungle justice. This necessitated a call for re-enforcement to assist the officers on ground.

“However, in the process, one of the officers accidentally fired a shot that fatally injured two persons.

“The officer responsible for the shooting has been disarmed, arrested and detained and shall be made to face disciplinary action immediately.

“While the Command is already in touch with the two families of the deceased, the Ekiti State Commissioner of police, CP Akinwale Kunle Adeniran, condoles with the families and assure them that discreet investigation has commenced and justice shall prevail,” the statement said.

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