Senator Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, Delta South representative at the senate, has called on the federal government to bring to justice the officer of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who shot and killed a two-year-old baby in Delta State.
The Delta South senator, who spoke on the floor of the plenary on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, noted that arms-bearing security outfits should be held accountable and investigated for any unprofessional conduct.
According to Joel-Onowakpo, the culprit must be made to face the full wrath of the law if found culpable of the crime, having expanded the motion streamlined towards the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and moved Senator Musa Yar’Adua to cover all the nation’s arms-bearing security outfits.
“Well, I want to thank my colleague, Senator Musa Yar’Adua for bringing up this motion. To say that we need to carefully look at this and investigate this incident is not overstating the facts,” Joel-Onowakpo stated.
“Not only the Customs, even Delta State recently, NDLEA officer shot and killed a two-year-old baby and I think the combined effect is not for only the Customs, the NDLEA and other security agencies, when they use arms, they must be accountable for it and should be investigated and whoever is a culprit bring to book,” he added.
Recall that recently, a stray bullet fired by the NDLEA officers who went on a drug-bursting operation in Okpanam area of Asaba, the Delta State capital, killed a two-year-old baby and injured the sibling.
Although the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retd) had assured on proper investigation into the heartbreaking incident by constituting a panel to that effect, Senator Joel-Onowakpo appealed to the federal government to put punitive measures in place to prevent future reoccurrence.
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