Police not responsible for death of mother, child in ghastly auto-crash-Delta Command

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ByEmma OBIAMIWE, Senior Investigator Correspondent, Asaba/

CONTRARY to earlier reports that had gone viral in some media and social platforms, the Delta State Police Command has distanced his men from the ghastly motor accident at the Petroluem Training Institute PTI junction Effurrun which claimed the lives of a middle-aged woman and a little child. Sources said the tricycle they were travelling in rammed into a stationary articulated vehicle while negotiating a bend; killing the woman and the little child on the spot while others were seriously wounded. The woman Police sources said, is not the mother of the little baby who also died in the accident as widely reported. After the accident, reports had it that the tricycle rammed into the stationary truck thinking that a Police van chasing after some purported Yahoo boys was after it. But clearing the air and absolving its men of any blame in the fatal accident, the Command through its spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwapkoyeya said the Policemen spotted at the scene only went there for a rescue mission adding that angry mob went as far as attacking the Policemen and set their can ablaze. She said in a statement made available to CrimeWorld magazine online that, “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”

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