Vig­i­lante ac­ci­den­tally shot self at duty post in Dutse

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa & Ogechi Ohalee

A 23-year-old man sus­tained se­ri­ous in­jury on his left leg last Sun­day af­ter the gun he was car­ry­ing ac­ci­den­tally dis­charged at his duty post in Dutse, Bwari Area Coun­cil of the FCT.

City News learnt that the vic­tim, who is a mem­ber of a vig­i­lante group in the area was guard­ing the area around 11pm when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

The source said he was ex­chang­ing pleas­antries with his leader, who came to su­per­vise him when the gun he was hang­ing on his shoul­der wanted to fall off.

“As he wanted to lift it, he didn’t know when his hand touched the trig­ger, and some bul­lets were re­leased, and landed straight at his left toes,” it said.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the bul­let left that por­tion of the leg shat­tered, adding that he was im­me­di­ately rushed to the Kubwa Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

City News fur­ther gath­ered that the vic­tim had been in the job for the past two years.

At the hospi­tal, the head, Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency unit, Paul Olise, said the vic­tim is re­spond­ing to treat­ment at the male sur­gi­cal unit.

When con­tacted, FCT Po­lice spokesper­son, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Hyel­hira Al­tine Daniel, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing the com­mand is in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the vig­i­lante got the gun.

She said as a vig­i­lante, he was sup­posed not to carry gun un­less if li­censed.

“Po­lice are sup­posed to be with the vig­i­lante group dur­ing pa­trol and it is a crime for a vig­i­lante group to carry gun ex­cept if li­censed and people who are li­censed to carry gun use it for gam­ing and hunt­ing,” she said.

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