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Published On: Wed, Jan 9th, 2013

Accidental Discharge from Vigilante Gun Lives 3 Friends Hospitalized

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Delta State Commissioner of Police, r Ikechukwu Aduba

3 people simply identified as Victor, Makpor and Ratty were hospitalized at about 1: am on Sunday January 6 as a result of accidental discharge from a gun used by a member of vigilante when residents of Emebiren Street in Okumagba Layout, Warri organized a street carnival, Our Senior Correspondent reports.
An eyewitness told Fresh Angle that the carnival which was organized by youths in the area with the support of some elders, on Saturday January 5 had been peaceful until a member of the Okere-Urhobo Vigilante who is simply identified as Oloye gave his gun to an unidentified friend of his to partake in the carnival.
The witness noted that the unidentified friend of Oloye in a bid to show himself raised the mouth of the gun up with the intent to shoot but the gun did not respond.
The witness added that Oloye’s friend later pointed the gun downwards, placed it on trigger, only for bullets to suddenly hit the trio of Victor, Makpor and Ratty on their legs.
Fresh Angle gathered that the victims were later rushed to Syracuse Clinic in Willey Street, Warri where the sum of N100, 000.00 was deposited before treatment was commenced by the Medical Director of the clinic.

Efforts by Our Senior Correspondent to get the name of Oloye’s friend on whose hand the gun discharged were unsuccessful.
Fresh Angle can however report that despite the accidental discharge from the gum, the street carnival still continued from 1: am to about 4: am of Sunday January 6 after a brief rowdy session that made the mobile policemen who were on ground to shoot sporadically to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Attempts to speak with the chairman of Emebiren Street were unsuccessful as Our Senior Correspondent was told that he was not around.
Fresh Angle can also report that immediately the accidental discharge occurred, the suspect was arrested by the Emebiren street chairman in conjunction with the vigilante and was taken to their cell with the intention of shielding him from police arrest and prosecution.
A legal practitioner who would not want his name in print told Our Senior Correspondent that the act was a punishable offence as it amounts to possession of illegal fire arms without any requisite training, noting that it is a criminal offence.

He also called on government at all levels to monitor the arms in the hands of vigilante so that they don’t misuse or commit crime with them.
Source; freshangle

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