• Thursday, June 13, 2024
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Tinubu orders probe into killing of baby Ivan by NDLEA operatives

President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday expressed sadness over the death of 2-year-old Ivan Omhonrina killed by a stray bullet during an operation by officers of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), urging thorough investigations into the incident

A statement by Dele Alake, special adviser to the president on special duties, communications and strategy, said the President has directed the NDLEA management to “speedily and thoroughly investigate the incident with a view to punishing those found culpable”.

The 2-year-old was allegedly killed by a stray bullet during an operation involving officers of the Agency at Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The president said: “I mourn the death of little Ivan Omhonrina and sympathise with his parents for the painful experience of losing an innocent child in a most tragic manner.

“Ivan did not deserve to die that way. We must ensure the incident did not end like that and that what happened to Ivan does not happen to any other person again.

“I also pray for the quick recovery of Eronmonsele, who was reportedly injured in that unfortunate event.

“That incident is unacceptable. We must unravel those who foisted agony on the Omhonrinas and ensure they are brought to justice.”

The President charged security agents to be more professional and careful when conducting their operations to avoid risking the lives of innocent Nigerians.