By: Ifeanyi Izueke
It was both shocking and worrisome as the entire people of Ugwu Ogede in Itchi, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State on Monday woke up to the rather unfortunate news of three lifeless children discovered in a car which was parked at a retired police officer’s home.
The victims whose names were given as Chibugo Eze, Chinenye Eze, and Ebuka Ene, had gone to fetch water at a commercial borehole owned and located at the home of a former police officer, but was never opportuned to return home alive.
Also, two children, Kingsley Eze, and Mmasichukwu were equally rescued from the same car and rushed to the hospital where they were resuscitated.
The parents of the children had raised an alarm when their children who had gone to the aforementioned borehole at about 8 am on Sunday to fetch water did not return home as usual.
it was gathered that amidst confusion and panic that ensued, the parents of the five children raised search parties who ransacked every corner of the community but could not find the missing children.
“One of the two children rescued said they went to fetch water but didn’t meet anyone at the borehole because the owner and the entire members of the family had gone to church service.
“He informed us that they were about going home when three hooded men came from a hill beside the scene of the incident and abducted them into the car and left. He said they were all dressed in red cloths. He also said that the hoodlums returned at the middle of the night to take them away but they couldn’t open the car doors because they were stiff.
“We are still investigating the incident and the victims’ bodies have been deposited in the mortuary. The owner of the house has been arrested by police,” he explained.
The youth leader of Nkalegu Obukpa community where two of the victims hailed from, Ifeanyi Eze, while speaking to news men about the incident described the news as shocking.
The youth leader also said the stakeholders in the community are working assiduously to unravel the circumstances which led to the mysterious death of the children.