ADVERTISEMENT

12-yr-old girl kills self with grand dad's gun

For failing to worship the god of Iron by her family, a young girl has lost her life when it strikes.

Local dane gun

'This a classic case of the Ogun, the god of Iron striking.'

ADVERTISEMENT

That was the general conclusion by residents of Alangua area in Tanke, Ilorin, Kwara State, when a 12-year-old girl inadvertently killed herself while playing with an old dane gun left in an Ogun shrine by her grand father who died about seven years ago, since there was no one to offer sacrifices to the god after the demise of the man identified as Baba Ria, a devotee of Ogun.

The sad incident played itself out on Saturday, September 5, when the girl, Ganiyat, went into the abandoned shrine and picked the dane gun which has not been in use for years and while playing with it, reportedly shot herself dead.

According to a resident, the mother of the girl who happened to be the late Ogun worshipper's daughter, had brought the child to visit her grandmother who lives alone.

“Ganiyat’s mother came to pay a visit and this happened after her departure. The kids live here with their grandmother but early that morning, Ganiyat, who was playing with her peers, suddenly asked others to go away while she ran into the abandoned Ogun shrine in a room belonging to Baba Ria, a hunter and worshiper of Ogun.

The gun has been in the shrine since the man died seven years ago. No one knows what was happening, until a deafening roar from a gun alerted everyone around 11.35 am.

We ran out only to see Ganiyat in her pool of blood with her eyes bulging out. Our neighbours rushed her to a nearby Group Medical Centre, Tanke, where she was confirmed dead.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident, saying that investigation was still on going as the gun had been seized by the policemen while some men living in the compound had been arrested with a view to finding out why they had kept the gun for that long after the owner had died.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

5 indicators that Tinubu may not be enjoying Buhari's full support [Editor's Opinion]

5 indicators that Tinubu may not be enjoying Buhari's full support [Editor's Opinion]

Top 5 economies in Sub-Saharan Africa to watch out for in 2023, according to IMF

Top 5 economies in Sub-Saharan Africa to watch out for in 2023, according to IMF

Singer Ric Hassani opens up on relationship with Waje

Singer Ric Hassani opens up on relationship with Waje

4 foods that cause erectile dysfunction in men

4 foods that cause erectile dysfunction in men

Osun: Adeleke breaks silence, reveals next move after sack

Osun: Adeleke breaks silence, reveals next move after sack

How to make love: 5 difficult sex conversations couples should have

How to make love: 5 difficult sex conversations couples should have

Funke Akindele recounts saddest day of her life and how it almost ruined 'Battle on Bukka Street'

Funke Akindele recounts saddest day of her life and how it almost ruined 'Battle on Bukka Street'

Nigeria, Cameroon and Zimbabwe lead the pack of African students studying overseas

Nigeria, Cameroon and Zimbabwe lead the pack of African students studying overseas

El-Rufai says some elements in Aso Villa want APC to lose 2023 election

El-Rufai says some elements in Aso Villa want APC to lose 2023 election

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT