The Delta State Police Command refuted reports saying that on Wednesday, January 20, its officers killed a woman and a child at the PTI junction in Warri, Delta state.
Eyewitnesses said that after police officers rammed into a tricycle they were carrying in, a woman and her child were murdered. The officers were chasing alleged Internet fraudsters when they rammed into the tricycle, according to the locals.
The state police command, however, said in a statement released by its spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, that the incident was a multiple-car accident that did not involve the police. According to the statement, the police arrived at the scene only to help the victims of the crash, but the angry youths assaulted them.
Read the statement below
”The Delta State Police Command wish to put the records straight in respect of the ugly incident that occurred today being 20/1/2021 at about 13:40hrs along PTI Express Way in Effurun, Uvwie LGA of Delta State where a multiple fatal motor/tricycle accident occurred.
The accident involved a Mercedes Tipper with Reg. No. WWR 425 ZR loaded with granite, a Toyota Camry car with Reg. No. AKD 403 FM and a Tricycle Reg. No yet unknown all moving in the same direction and Police vehicle was never involved. Two passengers conveyed by the Tricycle a woman and a baby girl died on the spot and other passengers were injured.
The Delta State Police Command deeply sympathizes with the families of the deceased and the injured persons and equally frowns at the unjust treatment meted to Police officers who went to rescue the victims by members of the public, they went as far as burning the Police patrol vehicle that came for the rescue operation. The Perpetrators of this dastardly act will be brought to book.
The Command also wishes to inform the general public that neither Operation Delta Hawk nor Ebrumede patrol vehicle was involved as speculated earlier
DSP ONOME ONOVWAKPOYEYA
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
DELTA STATE COMMAND,
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