Probe Alleged Killing of Two-year-old by NDLEA Officers-Reps to IGP

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to lead an investigation into the alleged killing of a two-year-old baby, Ivan Omhonrina in Delta State by officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The House also called on the NDLEA and other security agencies to provide regular training programs to their personnel, focusing on proper firearm use, conflict resolution, and respect for the human rights of citizens.

In addition, the House mandated its Committees on Human Rights and National Security and Intelligence to ensure adequate compensation for the Omhonrina family and to monitor the activities of law enforcement agencies through evaluations and assessments to prevent similar incidents.

The committees are expected to provide reports within six and four weeks, respectively, for further legislative actions.

The motion was put forward by Unyime Idem, who highlighted the tragic death of Ivan Omhonrina and the shooting of his younger brother, Eromosele Omhonrina, by an NDLEA officer on July 13, 2023.

Idem also mentioned other recent incidents, including the killing of a 17-year-old boy, Ibuchim Ofezie, by police patrol personnel in Plateau State on April 4, 2023, and the alleged shooting of Bakare Demola by police officer Kabiru Odejimi in Lagos State on May 28, 2023.

He emphasized on the need to address the issue of stray bullets, warning that more lives would be lost if urgent measures were not taken.

While stressing that security agencies should prioritize protecting the people and building trust among Nigerians regarding their commitment to ensuring public safety.

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