By: Adetokunbo Fakeye
Nigeria, Enugu – The Commissioner of Police Enugu Command has ordered full investigations into circumstances surrounding the death of 3 children in Itchi Igbo-Eze local government of the state.
The order was contained in a statement issued by the Command spokesperson, ASP Daniel Ndukwe on Tuesday and obtained by Prowling Eagles.
According to the statement, on 23/11/2020 at 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.
On receipt of the report, Ndukwe said operatives of the Division dashed to the scene and found two (2) of the children still alive, while three others were lifeless.
The surviving children, he stated were immediately taken to the hospital for medical attention, while the lifeless ones were deposited in the mortuary for medical autopsy.
Police preliminary investigation has revealed that the children belonging to different parents.
They are, Chukwuebuka Ele, male, aged 5; Chinyere Eze, female, aged 4 and Chibugoh Eze, female, aged 4.
Kingsley Eze, male, aged 3 and Nmasichukwu Eze, female, aged 12 were found alive.
Police investigation 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 22/11/2020 and were not seen till the following morning when they were found locked up in the said vehicle.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman 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.
He further tasked parents/guardians to be vigilant and take good care of their children/wards, especially in these “Ember” months period. He reassured the emplacement of adequate security in the state.
Meanwhile, police said one suspect has been arrested in connection with the case, while members of the public have been enjoined to remain law-abiding, vigilant and promptly report acts of crimes and criminality to the nearest Police Station or call the Command’s hotlines on 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172.