Sunday Okobi with agency report
A United States Professor and politician, Richard Adeoriokin, has been accidentally shot dead by a local security guard in Ejigbo, Osun State.
The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. last Saturday.
According to report, it was in the aftermath of a public function on Inisha Road of Ejigbo, which was attended by Professor Adeoriokin, his political associates, and Oyeyode Oyesosin, the son of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo. wIt was learnt that after the event at the king’s residence, Oyeyode Oyesosin invited his friends to his house for a brief meeting.
As the guests prepared to leave, he ordered the security guard to fire gunshots into the air as a farewell gesture.
Tragically, one of the security guard’s guns was mistakenly aimed downward, and the bullet struck Professor Adeoriokin in the leg.
Despite efforts to save him, he bled to death at the Baptist Hospital in Ejigbo.
Afeez Lawal, the professor’s personal assistant, who witnessed the incident, said his boss was a lecturer at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas,the United States, and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The professor had attended a ceremony where the state Governor, Ademola Adeleke, was conferred with a chieftaincy title earlier that day.
The remains of Professor Adeoriokin have been deposited in the Osun State University Teaching Hospital morgue.
Governor Adeleke has ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of Adeoriokin and the subsequent killing of the security guard.
He also instructed the state Police Command to issue guidelines on the use of local guns to enhance citizen safety, especially at public functions.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC), through its state Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, expressed condolences over the tragic incident, and urged the police authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.