There was pandemonium on Saturday, August, 14, 2021 in a wedding ceremony at Nsukara Offot, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital as an accidentally discharged bullet hit a 15 year old girl that attended the ceremony.
The victim, one Veronica Kufre was later taken to the hospital after she was hit by the stray bullet allegedly fired by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC.
It was gathered that the incident occurred near the University of Uyo main campus during the rush for drinks and food at the ceremony.
A source who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent in Uyo, the state capital, on Saturday that the officials of the NCSDC were at the ceremony to maintain peace and security at the event.
According to the source “The two NCSDC officers had joined other guests to help themselves, unfortunately, the firearm was still in his hands when the sudden discharge occurred and sent the couples and other guests scampering for safety.
“But he (NSCDC) was quick to re-direct the nozzle of the gun to the ground and pumped the rest of the bullets in, however the fragments had already hit the victim, who was close to the security official.”
The source added, “At first, we thought it was the usual gunshots that security officials would fire during burial, wedding and other ceremonies to keep the place lively, but when the young girl collapsed on the ground with blood spill, we discovered the devil was at work to kill our joy.”
A member of the youth group, who also did not want his name mentioned said they were apprehensive when they heard the sound of the gun shot, adding that they thought cultists had invaded the place.
“We have been having cases of cults violence here in Nsukara community. So, when we heard the gunshots, we had to rush down to apprehend whoever was behind it, but we later discovered that it was an accidental discharge from a security official”, the source said.
However, the 15-year-old has been admitted at the intensive care unit of the Life Care Clinic, Udosen Uko Street, Uyo after three hospitals were said to have declined admitting her.
Spokesman of the NSCDC, Ukeme Umana, said he has briefed the commander, Abidemi Majekondunmi, who was even asking to know “where the incident occurred.