Seyi Adebowale, an operative of the Department of State Security (DSS) attached to the Osun State Command, has died from a wound inflicted on him by a stray bullet.
Naija News understands that the bullet was shot from the guns of an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, (NSCDC) identified as Sunday Dada.
It was gathered that Dada shot the bullet during the commissioning of a bridge built by the Nigeria Army in Kuta, Ayedire Local Government Area of the state on September 15.
A source at the event told the Vanguard that the security personnel were deployed to the town because of the presence of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai and there was no break of law and order throughout the event.
The victim was rushed to the General Hospital at Iwo, where he was treated and stabilised, according to the source.
But Seyi was later moved to the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital in Osogbo and was operated in the stomach, where the bullet hits him.
A source in the hospital revealed that after his operation on September 17, he had been recuperating but was later discovered to have a swell in the tummy and was deteriorating.
“The attention of the Hospital’s Chief Medical Director, Professor Babatunde Olaitan was drawn to the situation to calm the nerves of the agitated DSS personnel at the clinic. Seyi was again taken into the theatre for another surgery and slipped into a coma in the process. ‘He, however, died early hours on Wednesday, September 30 at the hospital”, the source said.
Speaking on the incident, Adigun Daniel, the acting spokesperson of Osun NSCDC, said the incident was an operational mistake.
He explained that Dada was trying to clear his rifle chamber of any ammunition but did not effectively complete the process before attempting to drop the rifle.
“The rifle was not clear of the ammunition when he turned the rifle upside down and in the process hit a stone. The bullet was deflected by the stone to the direction of the DSS officer who was passing by at the time.
“However, the NSCDC do not take such issue for granted, as we speak, the officer is being tried and the conclusion would be made public”, he added.