The police have arrested the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officer, Dick Okoro who allegedly fired the shot that killed a 4-year-old boy, Godgift Odoki in Bayelsa.
Reports gathered that the boy died in the crossfire between the Dick Okoro team and a gang of cultists in the state on October 22.
Reacting to the incident, the state government said such tragedy was becoming frequent, describing the killing as senseless and barbaric, while calling for a thorough investigation into the matter.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite, who commiserated with the Odoki family, warned against sweeping the matter under the carpet, adding that the bereaved families must get justice.
He called for a summary dismissal of the offending policemen while calling on the police hierarchy to ensure recruits into the force undergo mental, psychological and spiritual screening to curb the incidence of avoidable killings.
The State Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Asinim Butswat, told newsmen that the culprit had been arrested.
He, however, noted that investigation into the incident had commenced while assuring the family of the boy that justice would be done.