Enugu: Missing Children Found Dead At Retired Officer’s Residence

Three of the five missing children at Ugwu Ogede, Itchi, in Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State have been found lifeless in a car at a retired police officer’s home.

The victims dead were identified as Chibugo Eze, Chinenye Eze, and Ebuka Ene, while Kingsley Eze and Mmasichukwu were rescued and rushed to the hospital.

The children were said to have gone to fetch water at a commercial borehole owned and located at the home of a former police officer but did not return home alive.

The parents of the children raised an alarm when their children did not return home, asking search parties who ransacked every corner of the community but did not find the missing children.

The traditional ruler of the community, HRH, Igwe Ike Oke, while explaining how the children were found, described the news as mysterious.

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The monarch who is also the chairman of Igbo-Eze South Traditional Rulers Council said, “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. She traced the voice to a car that had been parked for over six months in the compound where she discovered the children and raised the alarm.

“We found three of the children already dead by the time we opened the car. I think they suffocated to death because the car doors were stiffed when we tried to open it at first but we engaged an artisan who forced 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 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 stiffed.

“We are still investigating the incident and the dead victims have been deposited in the mortuary. The owner of the house has been arrested by police.”

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