Two persons have been killed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives in the Idioro area of Mushin, Lagos State, News About Nigeria reports.
The agency was on a mission to raid a drug den in the community around 10 pm on Wednesday night, and their goal reportedly was to put a stop to the illegal drug activities in the area, a task they considered integral to their duty.
Upon entering the community, the NDLEA agents began firing indiscriminately, apparently intending to intimidate any criminals or hoodlums who could potentially disrupt their operation.
However, the action led to a heart-wrenching outcome as innocent lives were lost in the process, as stray bullets from the NDLEA officers’ guns found their way to unintended targets – Gafar Yusuf, a young man who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, and another unidentified victim.
The community’s residents were outraged and heartbroken by the incident. They questioned the NDLEA operatives’ decision to shoot carelessly in a densely populated residential area, where innocent people could be caught in the crossfire.
According to witnesses, the NDLEA operatives, numbering about 50, were armed, some in official uniforms, while others wore casual clothes.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, has not responded to calls or messages regarding the incident.
Recall that on July 13, a similar incident occurred in Delta state, where a two-year-old boy named Ivan Onose Omhonrina lost his life after being hit by a stray bullet being discharged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). His younger brother, Eromosele Omhonrina, sustained a serious injury as he was also hit by a bullet, causing harm to one of his eyes.