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We’re Investigating Shooting Incident Involving Our Officers In Delta- NDLEA Reveals

Tragically, a young individual was struck by a stray bullet and subsequently passed away while receiving medical treatment at the hospital.
By Meshach Prince

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, is currently conducting an investigation into a shooting incident involving its officers. The incident occurred during a raid on a drug joint located in the Okpanam area of Asaba, Delta state. Tragically, a young individual was struck by a stray bullet and subsequently passed away while receiving medical treatment at the hospital.

According to a statement released by the Agency on Saturday, July 15th, the Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), was briefed by the Delta state command of NDLEA. In response, he promptly assembled a panel consisting of high-ranking officials from the national headquarters in Abuja. This panel has been dispatched to Asaba to conduct an on-the-spot investigation into the regrettable incident, aiming to ascertain the accurate details of the case.

Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media and Advocacy, stated that the investigation was initiated based on the preliminary incident report, which outlines the following information:

“A team of NDLEA operatives carried out an intelligence-based raid of the joint of a notorious drug dealer located at Okpanam area of Asaba at about 1600 hours on Thursday 13th July and in the process of the operation, a Toyota Camry 2008 model, light blue colour at the scene suddenly zoomed off and knocked down one of our officers who is currently in critical condition, undergoing treatment in a hospital.

“In a bid demobilize the car and prevent it from escaping, another officer fired a shot aimed at the tyre of the car, which eventually escaped.

“While the injured Officer was rushed for treatment, the officers got reports of a stray bullet hitting a young person and immediately located the father of the victim, followed him to the hospital and supported in facilitating his treatment but unfortunately died in the process.

“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).”

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