The video of how the shooting that took place at a rally to kick off the campaign of the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has emerged online.
A former House of Representatives member, Opeyemi Bamidele, suffered gunshot injuries with at least five others injured during the shooting.
After the initial chaos over the shooting settled, the Ekiti State Police command clarified that the shooting was an “accidental discharge” from the rifle of the unnamed police officer who has since been dismissed.
In the video that has now emerged on the social media; courtesy of Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media to Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, that police report appears to be the accurate account as it shows how the shooting started.
In the video, Fayemi and Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, could be seen departing the APC secretariat in Ado Ekiti backed by security operatives amid a throng of eager supporters.
A few seconds into the video, just a few meters away from Fayemi and Akeredolu, the officer can be seen engaged in a physical struggle surrounded by a few unknown men who were shuffling him around in the crowd.
Even though the shooting was described as ‘accidental’, the officer appeared to have deliberately discharged his firearm to get the crowd off his back.
Watch video below: