The Ekiti Police Command has said the policeman who was involved in the shooting of Opeyemi Bamidele and one other person at the APC state secretariat on Friday was in the state on “illegal duty.”
Caleb Chukwuemeka, the Public Relations Officer for the Ekiti Police command made the disclosure in a report released on Saturday,
Bamidele, a former Ekiti gubernatorial aspirant and six others were hit by bullets at the campaign rally of Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for the state governorship election in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
According to Chukwuemeka, who holds the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police, the policeman was reportedly deployed for bank guard duties in Ikeja, Lagos State, but he made his way to Ekiti State.
Furthermore, the Ekiti PPRO said that findings revealed that what happened was a case of accidental discharge on the part of the mobile police officer.
”On Friday, 1st June, 2018, at about 17:00 hours, the policeman accidentally shot Opeyemi Bamidele and one other, but he has been arrested.
”He is attached to 20 PMF, Ikeja, Lagos State, where he was posted on bank guard duties somewhere in Ikeja. The policeman came on illegal duty to Ekiti State.
He also revealed that an unnamed politician who facilitated the illegal deployment of the police officer has also been arrested.
”A politician, who conspired and removed the said policeman from where he was posted by his Squadron Commander and came to Ado-Ekiti with him for an unofficial reason has also been arrested.
”The victims of his accidental discharge are currently responding to treatment at the hospital, while the injured policeman is also responding to treatment in protective custody,’’ he said.