Saturday, 23 February 2013

Two Kids Found Dead As Mother Vanishes With Third Child

NOBODY who visited No. 1 Elias Odili Street, Abakaliki, would believe, as being claimed, that the two children who lay lifeless on the bed were matcheted to death by their own mother in the early hours of Wednesday February 20, 2013. Did she really do it?

At the time of filing this report, the whereabouts of the woman and her third child were unknown. Did she flee to escape the fate that befell her two children?

Mrs. Joy Uchaji, a middle-aged school teacher, married to a former leader of Ebonyi Legislative Council was alleged to have butchered her two children, Nneoma and Godwin Uchaji aged four and two years respectively at the home with a machete after which she packed her bags and fled.

When The Guardian visited the scene, the machete with which Mrs. Joy allegedly committed the act, lay innocently on top of the slain daughter.

Family members disclosed that the body of the boy was found on top of the bed with his neck almost severed from the body while the girl was found in the kitchen with machete cuts on her back.

Her husband, Mr. Chamberlain Uchaji, was not around as he was said to have travelled to Abuja where he secured an employment recently.

However, elder brother to Mr. Uchaji, Elias, told reporters that the incident was an ugly development in the family, stressing that until the husband and other members living outside Ebonyi returned, the family could not take any decision on next line of action.

Commenting on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Command, Mr. Sylvester Igbo, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said the command received a report of the incident and had begun a search for the woman, adding that preliminary investigations by the Police indicated that the woman must have run to Lagos.

He said bodies of the slain children had been cleared to be deposited at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, (FETHA) mortuary.

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