A police officer – name withheld – has reportedly shot his wife to death accidentally when he tried to remove his gun from its pouch.
The Sun reports that the corporal who was attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Ikeja, Lagos police command accidentally shot his wife on the night of Tuesday, November 24. It was reported that the officer arrived at his house in the Egbeda area of the state around 10pm. The police, described as one of the best officers, forgot to put on the safety catch of his gun. He was about to remove it from his pouch when it accidentally fired and hit his wife who was sitting on the bed.
According to neighbours, the officer quickly rushed his bleeding wife to a nearby hospital but she eventually passed away.
One of his colleagues at the police headquarters said: “It is unfortunate that such a thing will happen to him. He was so close to his wife that he was always in a hurry to go home. We know that nothing can bring back the dead but we pray that the police and her family will forgive him so that he can take care of his family.”
A neighbour described the officer as a cool-headed person who loved his wife passionately.
“They were best of friends and the corporal is a cool-headed man. Unless he tells you, you will never know that he is a policeman.”
The spokesperson of the police command confirmed the incident and said investigation had started to ascertain what actually happened on the night of the tragic incident.
In a related development, a man, Mr. Tochukwu Onwuantudo accused the police of ordering thugs to beat and torture him because he reportedly parked his transport vehicle in the wrong place.