A member of the seventh House of Representatives and governorship aspirant in Ekiti, Opeyemi Bamidele, and one other person have been shot.
The shooting took place at the All Progressives Congress secretariat in Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti, on Friday during a reception organised for the governorship candidate of the party, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
It was learnt that the bullet came from the rifle of a mobile policeman who was among those deployed to ensure security.
Bamidele has been rushed to an unknown hospital for treatment, while the yet-to-be-identified second victim is feared dead.
The gunshots strayed in all directions, mostly towards the ground. In the process, one of the APC aspirants, Opeyemi Michael Bamidele (MOB) was hit in his arm, while one yet to be identified person was also hit.
According to an eyewitness, the mobile policeman who allegedly mishandled his gun was protecting some of VIPs who were almost mobbed by a crowd demanding money from them.
An eyewitness said: “The mobile policeman, in his effort to protect the VIPs, was using his gun to push away the crowd; some members of the crowd got annoyed and dragged the gun with him. It was then he shot sporadically in the air, to scare them away.”
Another eye witness said: “The mobile policeman in question who allegedly mishandled his gun was mobbed by angry party members who eventually disarmed him. He was said to have been behaving funny earlier in the day, leading to some of his colleagues urging him to surrender his weapon. Some had even alleged that he was probably drunk.”
Meanwhile, the yet to be identified mobile policeman was terribly beaten by the angry, and is feared dead.