A dumb security man has been arrested after he mistakenly shot himself with a gun he wanted buy.
Men of the Lagos State Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has arrested a 20-year-old security man, Meshack Samuel, for being in possession of a gun with which he accidentally shot himself.
Samuel who is being held for illegal possession of firearm, was arrested with his friends in Awoyaya Street, Ibeju-Lekki area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said the suspects were arrested following a tip-off by residents after they heard the sound of gunshot.
But the suspect told newsmen that he is not an armed robber but only came into the possession of the gun when he asked a friend to help him get it for protection from hoodlums and cult boys who have been harassing him.
"I relocated to Lagos from Abuja and when I came, I got a job as a security man from Threeshat Guard Security Company; the company posted me to Coscharis Motors on a monthly salary of N18, 500.
My trouble started when I told my friend Adams that I needed a gun to protect myself from the menace of the hoodlums and cult boys in Awoyaya.
He brought one Double Barrel gun and said he would sell it for N20, 000 and I told him that I don’t have such amount of money.
He later promised to exchange it with my laptop which cost more than the gun. When he brought the gun, I tried to test it to know whether it was working.
I just heard 'gbosa' and my right hand started bleeding profusely. I knew I have shot myself.
Adams took me to General Hospital and told the doctor that I was shot by some hoodlums in Awoyaya who he claimed to be cult boys.
The doctor told us to bring a police report before he could treat me. Adams rushed to Elemoro Police Station.
Surprisingly, as we entered the police station, we saw one of our neighbours there who went to report us. He pointed at us and told police ‘that is the man, see his bullet wound.’ Police quickly arrested us and transferred us to SARS.
When the SARS asked me what I intended to do with a gun, I told them that I wanted to defend myself from cult boys. Thereafter, they searched Adams’ house and recovered the gun with two kitchen knives. There, SARS officers arrested Emmanuel."