Ten men went on a hunting expedition, only nine returned.
A middle-aged man identified as Olanipekun Abiodun, Tuesday, shot himself dead during a hunting expedition at Agbalaku forest in Arigidi Akoko in Akoko Northwest Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Ten men had gone on an expedition, when suddenly they heard a gunshot. They rushed to the point where they heard the bang and found the deceased in a pool of his blood.
Mr. Abiodun was said to have mistakenly shot himself when he was trying to reload his gun during the expedition.
The other members of the hunting expedition, a source told PREMIUM TIMES, have been arrested by the police and detained at Okeagbe Akoko Police Divisional Police Station for proper investigation.
The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the incident but denied that the deceased person’s colleagues were apprehended.
Mr. Ogodo said that the colleagues fled the scene shortly after the man died.
“The way I see the matter, it was like a case of self-suicide because the boy mistakenly shot himself when he was trying to reload the dane gun he was using to hunt,” Mr. Ogodo said.
Yisa Olanipekun, the traditional ruler of the community where the incident happened, has promised to bring the deceased person’s colleagues to the police, the police spokesperson said.
The remains of the deceased has been deposited at the mortuary of the state specialist hospital, Ikare, Akoko.