A hunter named Sunday Ijiola, 43, was allegedly shot dead by his colleague, Atanda Agbobiado, in a forest near Pakoyi, via Owode Ketu, Yewa North Area of Ogun.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, when about fifteen hunters went into the forest to hunt.

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The hunters split up upon entering the forest.

While hunting, the suspect reportedly mistook the deceased for a deer they were pursuing and shot him.

A police officer explained: “A group of hunters from Owode-Apesin village, consisting of about 15 people, went to the forest to go about their hunting activities. They saw a big deer in the forest.

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“They decided to make it their target and noticed it was gradually disappearing from their view, so they strategically hunted it by double-crossing the fleeing animal.”

Agbobiado shot at the prey while they were pursuing it. His colleagues reportedly rushed to the target but were shocked to find that the victim had been shot instead.

The victim passed away while being transported to a hospital for medical attention.

Upon realizing that the victim had died, the suspect fled.

The grieving family approached the Eggua Police Division to report the incident.

The spokesperson for the Ogun Police Command, Omolola Odutola, confirmed the incident and disclosed that an investigation into the death of the hunter had commenced.

She stated, “We are currently investigating the scene of the crime, as our operatives have visited there and also taken photographs of the corpse. Efforts are ongoing to track down the fleeing suspect.

“The father of the victim has requested an autopsy and also requested that the body of the victim be released to him in line with the traditional rites. The case file with parties will be transferred to the state criminal investigation department for further investigation.”