A 29-year-old forest guard with the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, Seidu Benjamin, has accidentally shot himself dead at Drobonso in the Sekyere Afram Plains District of the Ashanti region.

The incident occurred on Friday, June 11, 2021, during the Green Ghana Project to plant trees across the country.

The deceased together with his colleague forestry commission workers were on their way to plant trees as part of the Green Ghana Project.

The Assembly Member for the area, Sulemana Abubakar told Kumasi FM's Elisha Adarkwah that the deceased was the only person who was sitting in the bucket of a pick-up car they were travelling with to plant the trees.

The deceased was said to have loaded his gun and placed it vertically upwards with the muzzle facing up.

Sulemana said, according to a report by colleagues of the deceased, the gun triggered and killed the deceased when the tyre of the moving vehicle hit a pothole.

The gun fired immediately into his jaw killing him on the spot.

The case was reported to the Kumawu Police Command and has commenced investigations into it.

The deceased was yesterday buried due to the customs of Islam.

Elisha Adarkwa