Father Appeal After NDLEA Incident Kills Toddler, Risks Son’s Sight

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Father Appeal After NDLEA Incident Kills Toddler, Risks Son’s Sight

Father of two-year-old killed by NDLEA appeals to Tinubu, gov to save younger son’s sight

Father’s Urgent Plea to Save Son’s Sight

Father Appeal After NDLEA Incident Kills Toddler, Risks Son’s Sight.  Mr. Fidelis Omhonria, the father of two-year-old Ivan Omhonria, tragically killed by a stray bullet from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), deeply concerns about his younger son’s deteriorating eye condition due to the same incident.

In July 2023, Ivan, aged two, fatally struck by an NDLEA stray bullet and laid to rest, while his younger brother, Eromonsele Omhonria, just a year old at the time, sustained a bullet injury to his eye.

Mr. Omhonria, sharing with Turo247Newz, reveals that Eromonsele’s eye health worsens due to delays in obtaining a US visa for his treatment.

Expressing his distress over his son’s declining eye health, Omhonria urgently appeals to President Bola Tinubu and Governor Sheriff Oborevweri of Delta State to expedite actions to save his son’s vision.

He states, “It’s been eight months and 13 days since the incident. I’ve laid my two-year-old son to rest, and now my other son, a year and eight months old, struggles without the necessary attention, primarily due to glass fragments from the bullet affecting his eye.”

“The state government initially assured me they would cover the medical expenses and requested a list of my expenditures, which I provided.”

“When the Chairman of NDLEA visited us on November 2, 2023, he pledged to take responsibility for the medical bills and arrange for the child to fly to the US for treatment.”

“He assured us that there would be no need for a court case and that they would facilitate the child’s treatment abroad. Consequently, we buried Ivan on December 13, 2023, as NDLEA assured us they would expedite the visa process for my second son, Eromonsele’s treatment in the US, and we withdrew the case.”

“I applied for the visa, with the state government confirming their commitment in writing to the US embassy. Despite this, we have not received any updates from the state government.”

Father Appeal After NDLEA Incident Kills Toddler, Risks Son’s Sight

“I contacted the Commissioner for Health, who promised to follow up but has not taken any action to date.”

“We attended the visa interview on February 2, but unfortunately, we were denied. The US consulate questioned the funding of the trip, and when we mentioned NDLEA, they claimed that neither the Federal Government, Delta State government, nor NDLEA was in their system.”

“After informing the NDLEA chairman of our denial, he instructed us to reapply and assured us that the expenses incurred during the trip to Abuja for the interview would be covered, which they did.”

“Now, after reapplying and spending significant amounts due to the fluctuating dollar rate, we have been given a date of April 2, 2024, by the embassy. However, my son’s health is deteriorating due to the treatment delays.”

“Every night, tears and blood flow from his eye. I implore President Tinubu, Governor Oborevweri, and NDLEA to intervene. The current situation is unbearable for us.”

The NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, and the Delta State government, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu, have assured that they are actively working on the visa process and expediting travel arrangements to sponsor Eromonsele’s treatment in the United States.

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