Jerry Ojugbeli, an aide to the deputy speaker of the Delta state House of Assembly, was reportedly killed on Thursday, December 21, by canon shots fired to welcome dignitaries to the election campaign flag-off rally at the Ndokwa West PDP Local Government Council at Kwale.
Daily Trust reports that the incident happened as the governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and other dignitaries arrived for the rally.
The report quoted a source as saying the once the canon was fired, it flew straight towards where the deceased positioned and hit him at a close range.
It was further learnt that he could not get immediate help as the crowd focused on the dignitaries. He died before he could be rushed to the hospital.
“This is very strange because the canon when fired normally enters the ground, but sadly this particular one flew like a rocket through the car shattering glasses and hit Ojugbeli and also injured two others close to the canon shots.
“Because people were already seated and the rally started, he was not attended to promptly, considering the degree of injuries he sustained, maybe he would have survived, but help came a bit too late,” the source noted.
The report said despite this incident, the event went on as scheduled but when the news of his death reached the dignitaries, their excitement dampened.
Governor Okowa said he was saddened by the incident.
In a condolence message by the governor’s chief press secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Okowa condoled with the family, the deceased’s boss and the people of Umusadege, Utagba-uno as well as the entire Ndokwa nation over the death.
“His untimely demise is not only painful but regrettable. The late Ojugbeli was a diligent man who approached his work with the seriousness it deserves.
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“On behalf of the government and people of Delta state I mourn the untimely demise of Mr Jerry Ojugbeli whose accidental death was caused by a loose cannon shot at the Ndokwa West PDP Local Government Council election campaign rally.
“He was a dedicated worker and party faithful whose untimely death is regrettable and there is no doubt that he will be surely missed,” Governor Okowa said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how Nigerian singer, Harrysong, recently spoke up on the crisis rocking two communities in Delta state.
The Urhobo and Ijaw clash which left many homeless became a major concern for the artist who shared a post recently, addressing the restlessness faced by his brothers in their home.