The burial ceremony for Ivan Omhonria, the two-year-old boy who tragically lost his life to a stray bullet fired by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Asaba, Delta State, has been completed,leadership reports.
Mr. Fidelis Omhonria, the bereaved father, shared the family’s distress during this challenging period in a conversation with our correspondent in Asaba, the state capital.
Detailing the funeral proceedings, Mr. Omhonria stated, “We have just concluded the funeral service at St. John Mary Vienny Catholic church, DBS Road, Asaba. Ivan has passed away. Our current focus is on the treatment of his sibling.”
At the burial ground, NDLEA representatives, including those from the operational headquarters, were present, aiding the family in expediting the visa process for the younger sibling’s treatment in the United States.
Mr. Omhonria mentioned, “The Delta State Government has written to the US embassy to expedite the process for the boy’s treatment. The police have arrested the NDLEA operative responsible for the tragic incident and have taken over the investigation.”
The unfortunate event transpired on Thursday, July 13th, 2023, in Okpanam, a suburb of Asaba, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the State. NDLEA operatives, pursuing drug peddlers, allegedly fired shots recklessly into the air, hitting the two brothers in their mother’s cake shop, owned by a baker running Hillsi Cakes N More Academy.
A stray bullet struck the younger child in the eye, resulting in Ivan’s tragic loss on the same day. The surviving sibling underwent extensive medical procedures to address the injuries sustained during the incident.