DELTA State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has ordered an immediate investigation into Wednesday’s death of a woman and her daughter in Warri axis of the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba.
According to him, the sad news of the death of a woman and her daughter in a rather bizarre circumstance in Warri on Wednesday is quite unfortunate and disheartening.
The governor condoled with the deceased’s family on the loss of their loved ones, and assured them that everyone involved in the processes that led to the incident would be brought to book.
He called on Deltans, especially the people of Warri to remain calm, law-abiding and allow the government and law enforcement agencies to take necessary steps to address the situation.
The governor also charged the police to ensure that law and order prevailed in the area.
A police Hilux patrol van chasing suspected Internet fraudsters, otherwise known as ‘yahoo boys’, allegedly crushed a mother and her daughter to death at PTI Junction in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State on Wednesday, thus causing pandemonium within the area.
The PUNCH gathered that the police team from Ebrumede Division had chased the suspected ‘yahoo boys’ from PTI Road down to the spot of the unfortunate incident when it hit a commercial tricycle popularly known as ‘keke’ conveying a woman and her child.
Witnesses said both the woman and her child died on the spot while the tricycle operator and other passengers sustained varied degrees of injuries.
Infuriated by the incident, an angry mob set the police Hilux ablaze just as people ran helter-skelter in panic. The Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, when contacted, told journalists that the incident was being investigated as she was in contact with the Divisional Police Officer.
“They are still trying to find out what happened. So, we want to know what really happened,” the PPRO told newsmen.
Also, the Warri Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Force, Mohammed Argungun, in a telephone interview, said he was on his way to ascertain the enormity of the incident.
However, the PPRO later in the evening issued a comprehensive statement to shed light on the sad incident.
The statement titled, ‘Police not involved in the unfortunate incident that led to the death of a woman and a child’ read in part, “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 a 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 sympathises with the families of the deceased and the injured persons and equally frowns on the unjust treatment meted on police officers who went to rescue the victims by members of the public.”