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Anger in Bayelsa as civil defence officer shoot undergraduate dead

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The police in Bayelsa has arrested an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for killing an undergraduate of the Niger Delta University in Bayelsa State.

The victim, identified as Obinna, was a 100-level student of petrochemical engineering at NDU.

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 NSCDC officer was reportedly struggling to free his rifle without pointing it upwards and it released a bullet, which hit the victim and killed him.

He had been 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.

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Speaking on the incident. Ebifemowei said, “the NSCDC man with me was trying to free his gun when it went off. The incident was not about me or the Senator Lokpobiri Campaign Organisation.

“It is unfortunate that he did not point the gun up. The affected NSCDC officer was not drunk as claimed. It was just an accidental discharge, which every security personnel prays not to happen to them. I was not at a pub. I was in Amassoma to observe the local government election ahead of the coming governorship poll.”

Ebifemowei also confirmed that the corpse of the deceased student had been taken to Yenagoa by the police and the NSCDC officer was in police custody.

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