Two people have reportedly been injured from an accidental discharge from a gun of one of the security agents attached to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, 4th January.
Punch reports that the incident occurred at about 2.30pm at a security checkpoint at the Administrative Reception near a clinic, located on the premises.
The operative was said to be trying to empty the weapon before submitting it at the security point when the bullet went off. The operative and a female worker at the Villa, who was also making her way into the premises at the time, were injured in the process.
The woman, who sustained injuries on her abdomen, back and thigh, was quickly taken to the clinic for first aid treatment. She was thereafter driven to the State House Medical Centre in Asokoro for further medical attention, and is reported to be in a stable condition.
Such an incident is not new in the Presidential Villa as one of such was reported last year. According to the Punch, a security operative, attached to the delegation of the Danish Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Kristian Jensen, who was then visiting Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, was said to have attempted to pass through the last security checkpoint with his weapon, on February 23, 2016.
Based on the rules, security men, attached to the same Administrative Reception, where the last screening always takes place, were said to have told him that he could not go beyond the point with his weapon. In the process of submitting the weapon to operatives, the gun accidentally went off.
The incident occurred shortly after Jensen, who was accompanied by the Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Mr. Torben Gettermann, and other Danish embassy officials, scaled through the last security checkpoint.