In Bayelsa: NSCDC officer kills undergraduate

An officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has allegedly shot dead a 100-level student of petrochemical engineering of the Niger Delta University in Bayelsa State.

It was gathered that the incident happened around 10.30pm on Saturday at the Efeke-Ama area of the university town of Amassoma in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

The victim, identified simply as Obinna, was said to have been rushed to a hospital in the community for medical attention, but he died shortly after.

The NSCDC officer, according to sources, was struggling to free his rifle without pointing it upwards and it released a bullet, which hit the victim and killed him.
It was learnt that the officer was on escort duty with a former Chairman of the Bayelsa State Sanitation Authority and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Abel Ebifemowei, an indigene of Amassoma.

Ebifemowei was said to have travelled to the community in a convoy of vehicles bearing the campaign posters of Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, the immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development and an APC governorship aspirant.

It was gathered that the members of the politician’s entourage were hanging out in a pub after the local council election in the state on Saturday when the incident happened.

The corpse of the deceased student was taken to a mortuary, while the killer NSDC officer was taken into custody by the Divisional Police Officer in the area.

Ebifemowei described the incident as unfortunate, but denied that he and the others were drinking at a pub and that he was using the campaign vehicles of Lokpobiri at the time of the incident. (Punch)

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