Saturday, 9 July 2016


A wounded policeman 

A police orderly attached to a Senator had himself and a female air passenger injured at the Murtala Mohammed Airport local wing, following an accidental discharge from his gun yesterday at the General Aviation Terminal, GAT of the Murtala Airport Airport, Ikeja Lagos.

An eye witness said the orderly who was billed to travel on Arik Air wanted to lodge his gun as he bent down to pull the magazine out of the gun, but accidentally released a bullet that splinted and hit him and a woman on the leg.

It was gathered that the officer wanted to remove the magazine of his gun which is the standard practice on air travel but there was an accidental discharge that left him and a woman injured.

The spokesman of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Yakubu Dati who confirmed the incident said the two were taken  to a hospital at the airport.

He maintained that the injuries were not severe as they were able to trek out of the terminal to the vehicle that took them to the hospital.

“What happened was an accident. Actually, storing the gun away with its magazine was a standard procedure because guns are not taken on-board aircraft, as they are usually checked in the luggage compartment.

“All our airports are safe and secured and in recognition of the security challenges in the country and in the world, security at the nation’s airports has been fortified,” Dati said.

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