Several hunters that voluntarily joined some vigilance men to fight robbers that operated in Okunran and Okoloke communities in Yagba West Local Government, Kogi State, mistakenly shot and killed one vigilance man and injured two other.
The hunters said they had mistaken the dead, identified as Abayomi Sunday, and injured, identified as Bamidele Olayemi and Dele Asebiobirin, vigilance men for robbers.
A witness (name withheld) told Punch Metro that they got information that highway robbers were operating freely along Egbe-Pategi Road. He added that the robbers were dispossessing travelers of their valuables.
“The local vigilance officials in Okoloke apparently feeling overwhelmed, made distress calls to the local council for reinforcement.
“Consequently, 12 new vigilance men, reported to the police division at Odo-Ere before embarking on the rescue mission,” he said.
The Media Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr. Ralph Agbana, told our correspondent that the vigilance men, on arrival at the scene, split into two groups of six.
Agbana said the hunters mistakenly fired and killed one vigilance man and injured two others.
“Those hunters who misfired are not registered community/LGA vigilantes,” Agbana said.
Sunday was said to have died instantly from bullets that hit him on the head while his other colleagues, Olayemi and Asebiobirin, survived but with bullet wounds on their legs and thighs.
The injured victims were said to be responding to treatment at ECWA Hospital.
The Vice Chairman of the Council, Omoniyi Adeyemi confirmed the incident.
He said five of the hunters, who allegedly opened fire on the vigilance officials, had been arrested and were being detained at the Divisional Police Office, Odo-Ere.
He added that the sixth suspect was still at large.