The Department of State Security officer attached to the Osun State Command, identified as Seyi Adebowale, is said to have died from a stray bullet wound inflicted on him.
The bullet was retrieved from the guns of a Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) operative identified as Sunday Dada during the commissioning of a bridge constructed by the Nigerian Army on September 15 in Kuta, Ayedire State Local Government Area.
The source added that since the victim was rushed to the General Hospital at Iwo, where he was treated and stabilized, the incident did not even attract guest attention at the event.
But Seyi was later transferred to the Teaching Hospital of Ladoke Akintola University in Osogbo and was operated in the stomach, where the bullet hits him.
A hospital source reported that he had recovered after his surgery on September 17 but was later found to have a swell in the tummy and was deteriorating.
The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Professor Babatunde Olaitan, was drawn to the situation to calm the nerves of the clinic’s anxious DSS staff. For another operation, Seyi was again taken to the theater and fell into a coma in the process.
‘He however died early hours on Wednesday September 30 at the hospital”, the source said.
Attempts to get the DSS reaction, however, proved abortive, but the incident was confined by a source at the order.
Meanwhile, Adigun Daniel, the acting Osun NSCDC spokesperson, identified the incident as an operational error.
He said the NSCDC officer was trying to clear his rifle chamber of any ammunition but did not effectively completed the process before attempting to drop the rifle which led to the accidental discharge.
“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.