Narrating the tragic incident, the mother of the dead children told Sunday Sun at Ekwulumili Health Centre where she was recuperating from the shock, that she was also attacked by the suspect.
According to her, the suspect allegedly hit the eldest of her children, Chukwuebuka, on his forehead with a hard object and dumped the lifeless body inside an underground tank in the compound before strangling his siblings. There were marks of human nails on their necks that showed that they were strangled.
The report stated that her husband had been having an affair with the suspect and was also arrested along with her. Here is an excerpt of her account below:
"I was to go for a burial ceremony with my husband at Ukpor on that fateful day and the children went to school. We initially left with the youngest one, Chinenyenwa but the vehicle we boarded was jam-packed with passengers and the baby started crying. Consequently, my husband said we should disembark and use our motorcycle but people around said the road was too dusty to ride with a baby on a bike.
I decided to go home and wait for our other children who went to school so that they would take care of the baby and enable my husband and I to make the trip with our motorcycle. But long after school hours, the children didn't come home. We went to the school and other pupils told us that our children had gone home. I looked for them along the roads they usually take to the house but I did not see them.
Thereafter, I urged my husband to go on his own and look for them, but he returned soon after, saying he had seen them coming home. Before my husband and I left for the burial, I gave them food and told them to go and stay with an old woman in the neighbourhood because we are the only occupants of that building, and I don't like them staying alone in the compound. We had stayed barely one hour at the burial ceremony when my husband said we should go home.
But before we left, my husband's phone rang and I heard him say, 'I'm in a burial'. So, as we got close to our home, his phone rang again and he told the caller that we were not back yet. I didn't ask him who the caller was as we rode straight to the house.
When we got to the elderly neighbour's house, we were told that she had gone for prayers and that my children were not seen there. We got to the house and I opened the gate from behind believing that the children were inside the house. As we parked our motorcycle inside the compound, my husband pointed to the underground tank that was open. I became apprehensive because we don't keep it open. But I said maybe the eldest might have drawn water from the well and had forgotten to close it.
I called Ebuka but there was no response. I ran into the sitting room and saw the three younger ones lying on the floor as if they were asleep. I ran out again believing that those three were sleeping. I continued to call Ebuka and looked into the tank and I didn't see anything. Later, I decided to wake up Ebuka's immediate younger brother to ascertain the whereabouts of his brother. I called him but he didn't wake up; I tried to rouse him but he was motionless and so were the other two. I cried to my husband that the children were dead and I concluded that since the three were dead, Ebuka might be inside the well.
There were marks of human nails on their necks that showed that they were strangled. One of them had faeces in his anus. It was when my husband started crying and moved towards our bedroom, that the lady (suspect) emerged from the bedroom and asked him why he was shouting. Then, I advanced towards her and demanded from her, where she kept Ebuka's body because I had seen the others she killed. I held her and she gripped me. When I freed myself from her grip, I rushed to lock one of the two gates and raised the alarm until neighbours came."
This is really sad… May the souls of the innocent children rest in peace and may God grant the parents the fortitude to bear the loss.