Jonah Sunday, a security guard manning a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Commission (NNPC) gas station in Akure, Ondo State, shot dead a local bread vendor over the weekend.
Mr. Sunday killed Tunji Ojomo, the bread vendor, during the weekend after shooting sporadically into the air to scare away customers who rushed the gas station for petrol amid fears of an impending fuel shortage.
Sources told Sahara Reporters that the thirty-five-year-old security guard was under the influence of alcohol during the time of the incident.
Our correspondent learned that the case happened at the facility of the NNPC on the busy Onyearugbulem Road along the Shagari Village Junction in Akure.
The incident, it was gathered, caused pandemonium at the gas station as many customers scampered for safety.
Femi Joseph, the spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, confirmed the incident in a short statement issued in Akure on Sunday.
Mr. Joseph said the security guard has been arrested and placed in police custody.
“A distress call was put across to police immediately the incident occurred and we swooped in to arrest the suspect. People at the gas station revealed to us that the guard shot indiscriminately into the air, but unfortunately, the bullet in the gun hit a bread seller opposite the gas station and he later died in the hospital,” Mr. Joseph said.
He noted that the action of the security guard was a “pure murder case,” adding that an investigation into the incident has already begun.
The NNPC gas station has since been placed under lock and key, our correspondent learned.
SaharaReporters further gathered that the manager and staff members of the NNPC gas station have been interrogated following pressure from the parents of the deceased.