Three missing children identified as Chibugo Eze, Chinenye Eze, and Ebuka Ene, have been found dead in a car parked at the home of a retired police officer at Ugwu Ogede in Itachi, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State on Monday, November 23, 2020.
The victims were reported missing after they went to fetch water at a commercial borehole owned and located at the home of the former police officer.
It was gathered that two other children named Kingsley Eze, and Mmasichukwu were equally rescued from the same car. Upon resuscitation, they claimed that three hooded men abducted them and left them in the car. The hoodlums reportedly 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 a search team when the five kids who had gone to the borehole at about 8 am on Sunday, November 22, did not return home as usual. The traditional ruler of the community, HRH, Igwe Ike Oke, who confirmed the incident said that he also mobilised personnel of vigilante and Forest Guard groups who joined in the search of the missing children.
Also confirming the incident, the youth leader of Nkalagu Obukpa community where two of the victims hailed from, Ifeanyi Eze, described the news as shocking. He added that leaders of the community are working toward unravelling the circumstances which led to the mysterious death of the children.