The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says investigation panel has been set up to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of a two-year-old child who was killed by a stray bullet shot by one of its personnel on duty.
In a statement issued on Saturday by Femi Babafemi, spokesperson of the anti narcotics agency, the panel will head to Asaba, Delta State capital where the incident occurred for investigation
“A team of NDLEA operatives carried out an intelligence-based raid of the joint of a notorious drug dealer located at Okpanam area of Asaba at about 1600 hours on Thursday 13th July and in the process of the operation, a Toyota Camry 2008 model, light blue colour at the scene suddenly zoomed off and knocked down one of our officers who are currently in critical condition, undergoing treatment in a hospital.
“In a bid to demobilize the car and prevent it from escaping, another officer fired a shot aimed at the tyre of the car, which eventually escaped. While the injured Officer was rushed for treatment, the officers got reports of a stray bullet hitting a young person and immediately located the father of the victim, followed him to the hospital and supported in facilitating his treatment but unfortunately died in the process.
“We’re in touch with the family to provide necessary assistance while we conclude our investigation of the incident. We will like to assure the family and members of the public that we’ll get to the root of the case and take necessary action(s)”.
Prior to the agency’s response on Saturday, reports had it that the deceased child, Ivan Omhonria, and his younger sibling, Eromonsele, were hit by stray bullets shortly after returning from school to their mother’s shop.
It was gathered that Ivan was struck in the abdomen and his sibling suffered an eye injury.
The children were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba, but Ivan did not survive.
It was also gathered that father of the deceased, Mr Fidelis who was seen in a video in tears after the crime was ran after the personnel as they drove off in their operational vehicle