The Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has expressed his sincere condolences to the family of Ivan Omorhiakogbe, a two-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a “stray bullet” during an operation conducted by the Delta Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the Okpanam area of the State capital.
According to a statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Sir Festus Ahon, the Governor described the tragic incident as regrettable and emphasized that it could have been prevented if the officers had adhered to their rules of engagement.
The Governor urged both the NDLEA authorities and the Delta Police Command to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death and his brother’s injury. He also stressed the importance of holding the responsible individuals accountable for their actions and implementing measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
The statement read “On behalf of the Government and people of Delta, I commiserate with the family of Fidelis Omorhiakogbe on the tragic death of their two-year-old son, Ivan, and injury to his younger sibling, Eromonsele.
“This incident is tragic, painful, and grievous because of the loss of a child and injury to his younger sibling.
“I condemn this unfortunate incident because no matter the provocation, armed security men must operate within the ambits of standard procedure as enshrined in their rules of engagement.
“Any action taken outside these international best practices could be catastrophic as in this case.
“I therefore call on the NDLEA and Police authorities to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident and bring all the culprits to book