Accidental gun discharge kills chief mourner at burial ceremony


By Anny NWOKOLO (Port Harcourt)

NIGERIA: AN accidental discharge of a loaded gun during burial ceremony has led to the death of a 40-year-old woman and the injury sustained by another person in Enugu State.

The disaster, GatewayMail gathered, occurred in Amanato Mburumbu community of Nkanu East Local Government when a man, Daniel Chukwu, stormed the burial ceremony with a single barrel locally-made gun, which he was unaware already loaded, and unexpectedly released itself.

The state Police Command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, who disclosed this in a news release in Enugu, explained that the police recovered the gun at the scene.

*Enugu State Governor….Ifeanyi-Ugwuanyi.

Amaraizu confirmed that the victims were a woman and the chief mourner at the burial rites.

“It was gathered that tragedy struck when a man identified as Daniel Chukwu of Amanato Mburumbu community stormed the burial ceremony arena with his single barrel locally-made gun and perhaps never knew it was already set for action,” the police image maker explained.

“It was further gathered that as the burial ceremony progressed and the suspect tried unslinging his gun, it allegedly discharged accidentally and hit one Ngozi Eze, 40, from Amanato Mburumbu community, who was confirmed dead,” he stated.

Amaraizu also said: “The chief mourner, identified as one Hawaya Nworiuzo, was also injured hence he was rushed to hospital for medical attention.”

“The situation shocked sympathisers who scampered for their safety at about 12 noon today,’’ the police spokesperson further said.

He further stated that the suspect had been helping the police in their investigation while the corpse of the dead had been deposited in a nearby mortuary for autopsy.

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