According to a report from PUNCH, a police inspector, identified simply as Medugwu, mistakenly shot himself dead, while adjusting a faulty rifle at the Mobile Police Force 20, in the Ikeja area of Lagos on Tuesday.
The inspector, who was attached to MOPOL 20, was the second-in-command to the armourer. He was said to have accidentally pulled the trigger of the rifle, which sent a bullet to his jaw.
PUNCH gathered that on Tuesday, at about 10am, a policeman had brought the faulty rifle to Medugwu to examine and readjust for him. It was learnt that the second-in-command to the armourer collected the rifle, and tried to find out where the fault was. The rifle was said to have been fired in the process.
Other policemen in the area were said to have rushed to the scene and taken Medugwu to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The inspector, however, died at about 1pm in the hospital.
A policeman, who claimed to be an eyewitness, told PUNCH Medugwu accidentally turned the barrel of the rifle on himself during the check, before his finger touched the trigger. He added that the inspector died as a result of severe injuries sustained from the gunshot.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Patricia Amadin, confirmed the death of Medugwu to PUNCH via a text message.