The Delta State Police Command has denied alleged involvement in the incident leading to the death of a woman and her daughter who were crushed to death at the PTI Junction in Effurun, Uvwie Council Area of the state.
Some security operatives alleged to be either policemen or operatives of the newly formed Operation Delta Hawk (OPDH) were accused to have crushed the woman and her baby when the operatives were allegedly chasing ‘Yahoo Boys’.
A statement on Wednesday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said reports linking the police with the unfortunate incident were false and unfounded. She also dismissed claims linking personnel of the Operation Delta Hawk and officers to the death of the victims.
She stated; “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.” , she stated.