Policeman shoots wife dead by accident

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The police in Lagos have arrested Corporal Yinka Oloko, who allegedly shot his wife dead in the Egbeda area of the state at about 10pm on Tuesday in their home.

Punch Metro gathered that Oloko, who is attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja, had returned home and had started to undress, while trying to remove his pistol from the holster, the gun went off and hit his wife who was sitting on the bed on her lap.

Oloko and some neighbours who heard the gunshot rushed the woman to a nearby hospital, but she reportedly died before they got to the hospital.
According to a police source, the matter was a case of an accidental discharge.
He said:

“It was a case of an accidental discharge. The police corporal was not careful in removing his pistol from the holster. When he got home on that evening, his wife welcomed him and they went to the bedroom.“As he was undressing, he removed the gun and wanted to place it on the bed when it discharged. The bullet hit the wife’s lap. He was the one that rushed his wife to the hospital. She died before they got to the hospital. He was thereafter arrested and detained in the Ikeja Police Division although the incident happened in Egbeda.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, confirmed the arrest.
He said:

“The policeman has been arrested, and handed over to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCID, for investigation. The incident involved him and his wife. It was a sort of a discharge rather than a fight. Investigation is still ongoing.”

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