By: Isaac Ojo
The Enugu State Police Command has announced the sudden and unnatural death of three children in Itchi, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of the state.
The revelation was contained in a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of the Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe (ASP)
The statement indicated that on November 23 at about 0940hrs the command received a report made at Igbo-Eze South Divisional Headquarters that three (3) children were found dead in a parked Toyota Camry Car in Itchi Community of Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area.
Operatives of the Division according to the PPRO rushed to the scene and found two of the children still alive, while three others were lifeless.
He said that the surviving children were taken to the hospital for medical attention, while the lifeless ones have been deposited in the mortuary for medical autopsy.
Preliminary police investigation revealed that the children belonging to different parents, include Chukwuebuka Ele (male, aged 5), Chinyere Eze (female, aged 4) and Chibugoh Eze (female, aged 4) all found lifeless while Kingsley Eze (male, aged 3) Nmasichukwu Eze (female, aged 12) both found alive.
It further revealed that the children had left their homes in Nkalagu-Okpuku Community of the same Local Government Area to fetch water from a borehole in Itchi, a neighbouring community, on November 22 and were not seen till the following morning when they were found locked up in the said vehicle.
The Enugu State Police Commissioner, Ahmad AbdurRahman (CP) has directed the transfer of the case to the State CID and the launch of a full-scale investigation to ascertain the cause of their death as well as arrest and prosecute the culprits.
The CP further tasks parents/guardians to be vigilant and take good care of their children/wards, especially in these “Ember” Months period.
Meanwhile, one suspect has been arrested in connection with the case.