In Ejigbo, Osun State, a somber event transpired over the weekend as Richard Adeoriokin, a United States Professor and politician, met an untimely demise in a tragic shooting incident involving a local security guard.

Adeoriokin, identified as a prominent member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and a frequent visitor to Nigeria, was in Ejigbo town to participate in the 50th coronation anniversary celebration of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyosin.

According to reports, following an event at the king’s residence, Oyeyode Oyesosin, the monarch’s son, invited friends to his house for a brief meeting. During the departure of guests, he allegedly instructed a security guard to discharge gunshots into the air as a farewell gesture. Unfortunately, in a tragic error, one of the security guards mistakenly shot Professor Adeoriokin in the leg. He was promptly rushed to the hospital but, regrettably, succumbed to his injuries.

The late professor’s personal assistant, Afeez Lawal, confirmed the incident.

“We headed to Ejigbo for the 50th coronation anniversary of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo. Immediately, after the event, we were almost set to go back to Osogbo, the king’s son, Oyeyode Oyesosin said we should go to his house along Inisha road for a brief meeting, so those that followed him home Ayodele Asalu, Timothy and Prof Richard.

“When the king’s son wanted to bid his guests farewell, he ordered the local security to fire guns to the air, as a gesture but unfortunately, one of the security’s guns was facing down, instead of firing to the sky, he fired the bullet downward, the bullet hit Professor on his leg, he fell, before we could rush him to the hospital he had lost a lot of blood. He gave up the ghost at the Baptist hospital in Ejigbo,” Lawal said.

The local security guard who fired the shot was reportedly mobbed to death after the shooting.

Subsequently, Governor Ademola Adeleke ordered an immediate investigation into the killing and counter-killing at Ejigbo.

The governor, in a statement through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, while commiserating with the people of Ejigbo town, also directed law enforcement agencies to investigate the cause of the incident.

“Mr Governor has called for pre-emptive action by the security agencies to prevent any possible counter-attacks or eruption of violence in the ancient town following the sad incident,” the statement said.

It said the Governor had also dispatched a high powered delegation to visit Ejigbo and ensure restoration of calm, while investigation continues.

Members of the delegation include the Commissioner of Police; the State Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs; the State Commissioner for Information and the Special Adviser to the Governor of Security.

“What happened today at Ejigbo is really sad. I extend my condolences to the families of the deceased. I have directed an immediate investigation into the killings of Dr Richard Adeoriokin and the subsequent killing of his killer.

“I have also instructed the State Police Command to issue guidelines on usage of local guns. Such regulations will enhance safety and protection of the citizens, especially at public functions,” the governor said.

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