Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
WITH an uneasy calm enveloping Asaba, the capital of Delta State, over the killing of two-year-old Ivan allegedly by stray bullets from operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), CP Wale Abass has launched a probe into the saga.
Stonix News had reported that two-year-old Ivan Onoseriegba, was hit by stray bullets allegedly from operatives of NDLEA while chasing some suspected drug peddlers along Okpanam Road, Oshimili North local Government Area of the state on Thursday afternoon.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe made the disclosure in an audio message made available to our Stonix News on Saturday.
He said CP Abass has already ordered a discreet investigation into the killing.
“The Command is aware of the incident that occured on the 13th of July 2023.
“It is a sad one, it is a tragic incident and the Command is truly and indeed disturbed.
“Unfortunately, one of the kids who the stray bullet hit, gave up the ghost at the hospital. His age is two years and his name is Ivan Onosebarhe.
“The CP has directed that the matter be transferred to the State CID.
“As I speak with you, the matter is already being investigated by the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Delta State Police Command.
“And all parties involved will appear before the CP on Monday,” the PPRO disclosed.
Besides the killing of Ivan, his younger sister, Eromonsele, both of whom were in their mother’s shop after returning from school Thursday afternoon, has pellets brushing through her eyes.
They were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, where Ivan gave up the ghost and doctors still battling with the life of Eromonsele.
Recall that father of the deceased, Fidelis Omhonriakogbe, after reporting the incident to the police, called for justice.