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Family of two-year-old killed by NDLEA officers’ stray bullet seek justice

THE family of two-year-old Ivan Omorhiakogbe is seeking justice for their son’s death, which they claim was caused by a stray bullet fired by NDLEA agents during a raid in Delta State’s Okapanam Oshimili North Local Government Area.

Ivan’s sibling is currently undergoing medical attention at a hospital after suffering injuries during the incident on Thursday.

Ivan’s sad father described the situation, saying that his son had been looking forward to his school’s graduation ceremony, which was scheduled for next Tuesday, but that everything had been cut short due to the unfortunate incident.

He was adamant that justice be done in this case.

During an operation by NDLEA officers in the state last Thursday, the two-year-old child was reportedly hit by a “stray bullet” while his younger sibling also sustained an eye injury.

Ivan was unable to make it when both brothers were brought to the Federal Medical Center Asaba’s Emergency Ward for treatment.

Ivan’s brother, who suffered an eye injury, has been transferred to an eye clinic for care.

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori urged the NDLEA and the police to look into the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death and his brother’s injury in order to identify the perpetrators and prevent a similar incident from happening again. Festus Ahon, the governor’s chief press secretary, made the request in a statement.

The police have since called for calm, hinting that it has launched an investigation into the matter.

Also, the NDLEA also said the matter is being probed.

“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),” the anti-narcotics agency said in a statement today.

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