Panic as three injured in accidental fire discharge in Aso Rock

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
There was panic at the nation’s seat of power, Presidential Villa when a firearm accidentally discharged causing staff, guests and dignitaries to scamper to safety.
In the ensuing melee that followed, the affected security operative and the lady by his side, a caterer in the State House, were hit by a pellet of the bullet and are being treated at the State House clinic.
Confirming the development in a statement issued on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said the situation has been brought under control.
The statement reads in part
“Following an incident involving the accidental gun discharge in the State House on Wednesday, the Presidency wishes to reassure all Nigerians and foreigners of the safety of the seat of power in the country.
“According to the reports received so far, the security official involved is not attached to the State House. Rather, he came on invitation as a witness in an ongoing investigation and was required, as is the rule, to surrender his weapon at the gates before entry.
“It was in the process of conducting the normal safety precaution as professionally required that the pistol accidentally fired.

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