Wonders shall never end, and the Nigerian police force will never cease to amaze me. Barely three hours after we heard about a young man who was shot dead by a policeman in Rivers State, another information reaching us now says that three children were found dead in a car parked at the residence of a former police officer.
Yesterday being the 23rd day of November 2020 bodies of three missing children were found in a car parked at the compound of a retired police officer at Ugwu Ogede in Itchi, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The children identified as Chinenye Eze, Chibugo Eze, and Ebuka Ene, were reported missing after they went to fetch water at a commercial borehole owned and located at the compound of the retired police officer.
Two other children identified as Kingsley Eze and Mmasichukwu were rescued from the same car, a source said.
After the children were revived, they said that three men with hood abducted them and left them in the car. The hoodlums returned in the middle of the night to take them away, but they couldn’t open the faulty car doors, so they abandoned the kids and ran away.
The parents of the children had raised alarm, and a search team when the children who had gone to the borehole on Sunday morning, November 22, did not return home as usual.
The traditional ruler of the community, HRH, Igwe Ike Oke, said that he also mobilized the vigilante members of the community and Forest Guard groups to join in the search of the missing children.
We were almost frustrated in our search when a community member who went to fetch water heard the voice of a little child calling her name, he said. She traced the voice to a car that had been parked for over six months in the compound where she found the children and raised an alarm.
By the time they opened the car, three of the children were already dead. They suffocated to death because of lack of proper ventilation, and the car doors were stiffed, so an artisan was called to force it open.
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 said that they were about leaving when three men in hood came from a hill beside the scene of the incident and abducted them into the car and left. He also said that they were all dressed in red. The hoodlums returned in the middle of the night to take them away but they couldn’t open the car doors because they were stiffed, he continued.
The investigation is still ongoing, and the dead victims have been deposited in the mortuary. The owner of the house has been arrested by the police.
The youth leader of the Nkalagu Obukpa community, where two of the victims hailed from, Ifeanyi Eze, said that he is still shocked.
He added that leaders of the community are working toward unraveling the circumstances which led to the mysterious death of the children.