Nigerian Presidency explains ‘accidental’ gunfire in State House

FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari briefing Members of Staff of the Statehouse at the Presidential Villa
FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari briefing Members of Staff of the Statehouse at the Presidential Villa

Following an incident involving the accidental gun discharge in the State House on Wednesday, the Presidency wishes to reassure all Nigerians and foreigners of the safety of the seat of power in the country.

According to the reports received so far, the security official involved is not attached to the State House. Rather, he came on invitation as a witness in an ongoing investigation and was required, as is the rule, to surrender his weapon at the gates before entry.

It was in the process of conducting the normal safety precaution as professionally required that the pistol accidentally fired.

Unfortunately, the security operative and the lady by his side, a caterer in the State House, were hit by a pellet of the bullet. Both of them were attended to at the clinic and discharged.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President


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  • Iskacountryman

    shekau is in control…his flag flies within aso rock…

  • Oracle

    “Accidentally” corked the pistol, then accidentally discharged it.
    Hope it wasn’t a warning shot!

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      lol @b hope not a warning shot. Good comment because we know you must cork and remove the safety of pistol before it fires. That security agent is a dunce.

  • abodes_124

    I do hope this is all there was to it. too many rumours flying about

  • Nigerian Builder

    This is the side effect of lying tendencies,no body ever believed this guys again even when they may be telling the truth.
    To many Nigerians,this government is suffering from integrity deficiency syndromes. Only consistent, continually saying the truth can change that perception in the mind of generality of Nigerians.
    May God deliver our nation from liars ,hypocrites and deceitful men and women.

    • musa aliyu

      Nobody? When did the you become ybody? We that voted for them will still vote for them again and again again…

      • Nigerian Builder

        Only your vote can’t guarantee him victory, forget what happened in 2015 it was all jonathan and pdps fault and lack of vigilance, after all you have been voting since 2003 and yet to no avail.let buhari keep up with his tumbling and fumbling, this time around your religious bigotry and almajiri conspiracy can’t work again.

  • Okokondem

    “It was in the process of conducting the normal safety precaution as professionally required that the pistol accidentally fired.”

    How the heck did a nation that started out with so much potential end up a ‘banana republic?’ My goodness, why can’t there be a good news, a positive development reported about this country of us.

    Just out of curiosity, how many Nigerians are bothered (shamed) by the fact that a country of this size, of this importance and regional influence, with expatriates involved in oil exploration requiring them regularly flying in and out of the country, can not operate a national airline? We shamelessly hop on Ethiopia, Ghana and every other country’s airline.

    How many other oil producing countries are without optimally functioning oil refineries? We indulge in the most absurd practices and behavior for so long that we become immune to the absurdity.

    I have no knowledge of any other society in the world where people insist on being addressed as Engineer so and so, Architect so and so. Heck I have even come across people wanting to be called Surveyor so and so. Imagine that! How about engineer chief so and so. Why am bothered? It’s like Nigerians live in their own alternate reality. We have gotten so accustomed to our own set facts, our own set of rules and our own alternate realities that we cannot be bothered.

    What entitles Nigeria to the dubious honor of having the highest paid members of Parliament in the world. The highest paid civil servants on the surface of the earth.

    People awarded lucrative contracts to develop the country’s infrastructure would not only abandon the projects, but would shamelessly take the money, gather their friends and family, and head to Dubai to celebrate birthdays and naming ceremonies etc.

    Who are we? How much of these absurdities bother Nigerians? How long do they plan to tolerate these absurdities?

    • osezuwa

      It’s a big shame that we are where we are as a country. In fact, I work in a nuclear facility and I was surprised that some so called engineers feel offended when you address them without the title “Engr”. When we had a breakdown, technicians had to be flown in from Germany ( Not Engr.) to effect the repairs. The so called Engrs couldn’t do nothing.

  • westman

    Too many lies. Nigerian government can twist stories to favour them.
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    • musa aliyu

      MMM thief! Olosi oloruburuku.

  • Arogbo

    An accidental discharge at the highest corridor of power in the land was the dumbest thing that could ever happen at the villa. That incident could have plunged the country into a constitutional crisis had it been the President or the Vice President got killed in the process. The officers and their superior involved in this game of Russian Roulette should be investigated and never be allowed anywhere around the villa. This is sheer madness!