Haruna Babajide is now in the hospital from gunshot wounds sustained during test of charm.By Oladimeji Kayode
A man, believed to be a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), was shot and wounded on Friday while trying to test a charm.
Haruna Babajide was shot by the coordinator of the congress in Ifo, Ogun State, Alabede Baaki, while the group was testing a charm for its members.
The charm was expected to prevent bullets from penetrating into the human body. OPC members provide security in some communities, sometimes in conjunction with the Nigerian Police.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect had been arrested.
Mr. Adejobi, in a statement in Abeokuta, said Mr. Baaki, who claimed to be the OPC leader in Ajowa, a community in Ifo, reported the case to the police. His report was that Mr. Babajide was shot by unknown persons.
“Baaki reported that one Haruna Babajide also an OPC member was shot and wounded in the leg by a yet-to-be identified person and was rushed to a private hospital’ the police spokesman said.
“Investigation however revealed that the victim was shot by the coordinator himself in a charm-trial exercise,” he added.
He further stated that the OPC leader has been detained, while the victim has been transferred to a government hospital.
He added that a gun was recovered from the suspect and that the case had been transferred to the Command’s headquarters in Eleweran.
The police spokesman declared that the embattled OPC leader would be charged for attempted murder.