The Delta State Police Command has announced that the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja has taken over the investigation into the alleged killing of a two-year-old boy, Ivan Omorhiakogbe, reportedly by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The tragic incident occurred on July 13, 2023, when Ivan was struck by a stray bullet during a raid on drug peddlers’ hideouts in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
Sadly, the bullet also caused an injury to Ivan’s younger brother, Erhumossele, affecting one of his eyes. Ivan was immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Asaba, where he was pronounced dead, while his brother managed to survive.
At the time of the incident, the boys were present at their mother’s shop located in a plaza within the area. Addressing the press during a briefing in Asaba on Tuesday, October 10, Delta State Police Commissioner, Wale Abass, revealed that the Force Headquarters had assumed control of the investigation from the state in order to conduct a thorough inquiry.
In his words, “Regarding the NDLEA and the incident that occurred in Okpanam, we have concluded our investigations, and the suspect has been transferred to Abuja for a more comprehensive inquiry that surpasses the scope of our resources here. The case file has been handed over to them, and I anticipate that the suspect will be formally charged in due course.