A 13-year-old boy, identified as Ope Babalola, was shot three years old Esther Samuel with a dane gun at Kukudi Village, Imasayi.

The death of Samuel forced Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command on Friday 10th of March 2023 to arrest  45-year-old  Semiu Adegesin who police alleged negligence led to the death of Esther.

Adegesin was arrested following a report lodged at Imasayi Divisional Headquarters that Babalola shot and killed the deceased.

Upon the information, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Imasayi Division, a Superintendent of Police, SP Arowojeun Michael, led his detectives to the scene where the deceased was met in a pool of her blood.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect Semiu Adegesin loaded his dane gun, and carelessly kept it in an open place in the backyard of the house where children used to play.

There, the 13-year-old Babalola picked up the loaded gun, pointed it at the deceased, and pulled the trigger.

The deceased was quickly taken to General Hospital Ilaro, where she was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Frank Mba, who described the incident as unfortunate, sympathised with the deceased’s family and appealed for calm as the case will be adequately investigated.

The CP, therefore, directed that the case be transferred to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

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