By Oginyi Nkechinyere and Agnes Igwe
Suspected assassins have attacked a family of a business man based in Nnewi Anambra State, Mr. Benjamin Okeh of Ndiulo,Umuogodoakpu Community of Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, killing 2 children and 1 severely injured.
The assailants struck at his home at about 9:30pm last Saturday June 8, 2019.
Citizens Advocate learnt that the attackers took the family unaware during which they snatched and butchered Chidiebere Oke a 4 -year -old amidst tears and wailing from the mother before proceeding to machete to death Chisom Oke a 7 -year- girl, and thereafter attacking Chinonso Oke, the eldest child, who is lying critically in the hospital.
It was gathered that the persons yet-to-be identified invaded the home of the victims’ parent and butchered them. 2 of the children were said to have died on the spot, while one of them is lying critically in an undisclosed hospital.
An eye witness who pleaded anonymity for security reasons described the killing as unimaginable in a phone interview.
According to him, “The unimaginable killings show that the world is coming to an end. These corpses are children of 4 and 7 years.”
“The mother of the children was with her kids when the unidentified persons came and snatched the little child from the mother. The woman was shouting calling for help, but nobody could help her. The killer succeeded in butchering one of the children, and then proceeded to butcher others.”
“The unidentified persons stormed the family compound of the victims with the possible intention of wiping out the entire family. The children were brutally butchered. These two are already dead and deposited in the mortuary, while the one that is the eldest is lying critically in the hospital. There is no hope of survival.”
“Their father I learnt is in Onitsha in Anambra state, but I learnt that he had left Onitsha to the village. 2 persons were arrested, but they said they know nothing about the killing, even when the woman who is traumatized cannot say anything.”
“The incident happened at Umuogodoakpu community of Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state,” the source said.
According to her, one Lawson Awoke reported the matter to Ohaukwu police on 9th of June and police provided to the community where the corpse was and in the course of interrogation the mother of the children accused the two arrested suspect as the people she spotted in the dark place and that the boys were working for her and wondered why they came and murdered her children.
She assured that police will continue to work hard to protect lives and properties of the public and appealed that anyone with more useful information on the death of the children should make it available to the police.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident said that one man reported the incident to Ohaukwu Divisional Police, that when Mrs Oke was frying garri in her compound, 2 men attacked and killed the children.