President Bola Tinubu expressed sorrow over the loss of Ivan Omhonrina, a two-year-old kid, who was shot and died by a stray bullet while NDEA agents were conducting an operation at Okpanam in the Delta State local government area of Oshimili North.
The President ordered the NDLEA management to conduct a prompt and complete investigation into the occurrence in order to hold anyone found responsible accountable.
“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,” Tinubu said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Dele Alake.
A stray gunshot struck the child when NDLEA agents stormed the Okpanam neighbourhood of Asaba, the capital city of the Delta province, according to the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, who made the confirmation on Saturday.
The man passed away in the hospital while receiving treatment, according to Babafemi.
In contrast, the President said in a statement headlined “President Tinubu sympathises with parents of a two-year-old killed by a stray bullet in Delta,” “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.”
Tinubu called the incident reprehensible and urged security personnel to execute their operations with greater professionalism and caution in order to protect the lives of uninvolved Nigerians.
“That incident is unacceptable. We must unravel those who foisted agony on the Omhonrinas and ensure they are brought to justice,” the President said.
Additionally, he prayed for the deceased’s one-year-old sibling, who was apparently harmed in the unfortunate incident and sustained an eye injury, to recover quickly.