A two-year-old baby, Ivan Onose was killed after a stray bullet allegedly fired by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) hit him and his sister during a raid on a drug joint in Asaba, the Delta State capital on Friday.
Ivan was said to have been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) where he died while his younger sister, also hit by the bullet is currently on admission.
The two children were said to have been hit by the stray bullets while they were inside a shop with their mother.
A video that went viral on Friday, captured the moment the father of the children chased after the men of NDLEA after they ran away from the scene immediately after the incident took place.
An Activist, Israel Joe reports that “2-year-old little Onose died yesterday after he was hit by a stray bullet alleged to have been shot by NDLEA men on duty.
“According to the father who spoke with newsmen, the men of NDLEA were alleged to be pursuing some guys who they said were into drugs and shot sporadically in the process.
“Onose, who was picked up from school yesterday by his parents became a victim of this unfortunate mess.
“The bullet pierced through his lower abdomen. He was rushed to FMC and was handled by the medical team with the support of one of the school’s parents Dr. Yusuf. He was taken for emergency surgery Unfortunately, he didn’t make it. This is heartbroken!!! I’m so pained.
“The bullet also hit his younger sister in one of his eyes. Surgery has been done and he is stable to the glory of God!
“We call on the authorities of the said body to get into investigations and unravel circumstances that led to the death of this young boy and injury to his younger sister.“
Meanwhile, the Delta State command has reacted to the death of two-year-old Onose.
The Spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe while said, “The command is aware of this sad and unfortunate incident. The case has been transferred to SCID Asaba, and all parties involved will appear before the CP on Monday. Our heartfelt condolences to the family of the little child.”
The command is aware of this sad and unfortunate incident. The case has been transferred to SCID Asaba, and all parties involved will appear before the CP on monday. Our heartfelt condolences to the family of the little child https://t.co/gVpswzI4s5
— DSP Bright Edafe PPRO DELTA STATE (@Brightgoldenboy) July 15, 2023
In other news, Kanyi Daily reported that operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA have intercepted over 64, 863.5 kilogram consignments of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas at the Apapa seaport in Lagos and in Imo state.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday afternoon by the Spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi.