Outrage as accidental discharge by drunk NSCDC official hits 15-year-old in Akwa Ibom

August 14, 2021
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A teenage girl simply identified as Veronica Kufre, said to be about 15-years-old has been reportedly hospitalized after being fatally injured by stray bullets allegedly fired by a drunken official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), at a wedding ceremony in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital at the weekend.

According to a source who attended the wedding event, “the incident occurred midway into the ceremony in Nsukara community along Nwaniba Road, close to the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) main campus,” adding that the couple, Uduak and Samuel, had hired some NSCDC personnel to stand guard at the event,

She explained that “the two officers hired to maintain peace and security at the event had joined other guests to help themselves to free beer and other stimulants as the merriment continued.”

“Unfortunately, the firearm was still in his hands when the sudden discharge occurred and sent the couple and other guests scampering, but he was quick to re-direct the nozzle of the gun to the ground and pumped the rest of the bullets in, but the ground, but the fragments had already hit Veronica Kufre, who was close to the security officials,” she added.

“At first, we thought it was the usual gunshots that security officials would fire during burial, wedding and other ceremonies to keep the place lively, but when the young girl collapsed on the ground with blood spill, we discovered the devil was at work to kill our joy,” one of the guests, who would not want his name mention, added.

“We have been having cases of cults violence here in Nsukara community, so, when we heard the gunshots, we had to rush down to apprehend whoever was behind it, but we later discovered that it was an accidental discharge from a security official”, a member of the youths’ group in the community who spoke on condition of condition of anonymity recalled.

 

It was gathered that while the victim was being rushed to the hospital, angry youths of the area were said to have mobilized in a mob action against the security officials but the NSCDC officials were rescued by some Police operatives who drove in with their van to whisk the two officers away.

However, the victim, it was learnt was admitted at the intensive care unit of the  Life Care Clinic, Udosen Uko street, Uyo after three hospitals were said to have declined admitting her, due to the critical nature of her case.

Spokesman of the NSCDC, Mr. Ukeme Umana, could not be reached for his reaction as his phone was switched-off, but the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent of Police (SP), Odiko MacDon,said the Command was yet receive the report, assuring of discreet investigation to establish the immediate and remote causes of the incident “as soon as we get the report.”

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