It was all tears on Wednesday, at Itchi community in Igboeze South Local Government Area of Enugu State as the corpses of the three children who were found dead inside a car were laid to rest.
THE WHISTLER reported how the three children were found dead in a parked Toyota Camry car at the community on November 22, 2020.
The victims were identified as Chukwuebuka Ele (male, aged four), Chinyerem Eze (female, aged five), and Chibugoh Ugwuowo (female, aged eight).
They were said to have left their homes to fetch water from a borehole at Itchi on 22/11/2020, and were not seen till the following morning when they were found locked up in the vehicle.
Two children, identified as Kingsley Ugwuowo (male, aged three), and Masichukwu Eze (female, aged 12), were however found alive in the same car.
The surviving two were said to have called the attention of a passerby the following day, leading to their rescue after overnight search.
It was gathered that three hooded men had allegedly locked them in the car, and when they returned to pick them at night, the doors could not open, and they left them.
Preaching during the burial, the Catholic priest of Nkalagu-Obukpa Catholic Church, Rev Fr Joseph Chigbo, urged the bereaved families to believe in God.
According to him, “We are living for the Lord. And we are dying for the Lord. Nothing happens without God’s knowledge. It is not easy, but I urge the bereaved to see what has happened as the act of God.”
He also called on governments at all levels to make security a priority.
He said, “The role of the government is also to provide security to the citizenry. What is happening today in the country is a pointer that we still have a lot to do.”
Hon Timothy Eze, a politician from the area, told our correspondent that, “What this country is turning into is something else. Government should do more in providing jobs for our teeming youths. Security should also be prioritised. It is beyond my imagination how innocent kids could be killed this way. The perpetrators are yet to be found. How long will it take?”
One of the bereaved parents, John Eze, a native of Umakanyi, called on the government to bring the perpetrators to book to serve as a deterrent to other criminals.
He said, “I live in Abuja. I returned for the funeral rites of my mother-in-law which took place on Wednesday 19th November. After that, I left for Abuja, leaving behind my only daughter and my wife. It was when I arrived in Abuja that I was informed on phone that my daughter and four others were nowhere to be found. That was the story, and it ended up this way. God know why.”