Tragedy struck on Saturday in Ugwu Chelekwu village, Okija community in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State as firebreak which occurred at the residence of Mr Chukwuma Aduhuba claimed the lives of his three children.
Aduhuba’s children namely Chimankpan Aduhuba (m, aged 5years), Munachimso Aduhuba (m, aged 2years) and Kamsiyochi Aduhuba (f, aged 2 months), were said to have sustained varying degrees of burns and died on the spot.
Police spokesman in the state, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident in a statement in Awka, said the fire outbreak which took place at about 2am on the fateful day, also destroyed properties worth millions of naira.
According to him, the police rushed to the scene upon receiving a distress call on the ugly development and cordoned off the scene while local volunteers helped to put out the fire. Mohammed said:
“Today 15/2/ 2020 at about 02:am, there was a fire outbreak at the resident of one Chukwuma Aduhuba ‘m’ of Ugwu Chelekwu Village, Okija in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. As a result three of his children namely (1) Chimankpan Aduhuba ‘m’ aged 5 years (2) Munachimso Aduhuba ‘m’ aged 2 years and (3) Kamsiyochi Aduhuba ‘f’ aged 2 months sustained varying degrees of burns and died on the spot while property worth millions of Naira destroyed.
“Following the distress call, police patrol team led by DPO Okija Division rushed to the scene, cordoned off the area and the fire was put off by local volunteers before the arrival of fire fighters.
“Meanwhile, the victims were photographed and corpses buried by parents according to their customs.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP John Abang, has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident please”, he said.
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