Three sons of police officers drowned in Akwa Ibom
Three sons of police officers drowned in an open pit filled with flood water at the Eket police barracks in Akwa Ibom state.
The nation brought together children between the ages of 5 and 10 who went out to play the quarry around 5:00 pm on Tuesday when the tragedy struck.
As it became known, two boys are from the same parents: one is an inspector, and the other is another policeman, whose names were not confirmed at the time of publication.
Our reporter, who visited the police barracks on Wednesday around 8:30 am, noticed that carpenters were working to barricade the pit with plywood.
The source, who relied on anonymity, said the pit was dug to collect flood water in huts after rains.
The mother of one of the deceased children cried uncontrollably as the investigators gathered, despite the fact that none of the deceased’s parents offered to tell about the incident.
However, one of the investigators said it was a sad day for the families of the dead children and for the police community in the Eket Police Headquarters barracks.
“They really need our prayers and support, as three children from two families drowned in the police barracks,” the source said.
The victims went to play in the pit at about 5:00 pm on Tuesday night, and the parents came and found their children drowned in the pit.
“All the water from the flooding in the police barracks is channeled into a trench that is part of an unfinished drainage system,” he said.
Even speaking, the sister of one of the victims, whose parents lost two children and refused to give her name, said she went to class when the accident happened.
According to her, the teachers of the victims said that they should not come to classes on Tuesday, because they will not be around.
In response, Mr. Sunny Digha of Eketa Police Headquarters refused to speak to our reporter and simply objected, “This was not for the media.”
The incident was confirmed by State Police Public Relations Officer Odiko McDonn.
“Police Commissioner (KP) Amiengem Andrew received the shocked news that three children on duty as police inspectors had drowned in a barracks at the Eket police headquarters,” he said.
McDonnay explained that the puddle of water was created to prevent erosion, which caused the children to drown, and the accident could have been prevented, but death did occur.
“The Police Commissioner is reluctant to sympathize with families, officers, relatives and supporters, this is really a pity for families.
“We hope they will find relief in the fact that God gives and takes children and knows the best,” McDonn sympathized with the families.
McDonnay urged law enforcement officials and men to be even more vigilant and to monitor the well-being of their children and wives while they are busy working in their offices.
“The church that dug the grave took a step to prevent further events in the shack. “This is really pathetic, and this is a painful scenario, and we are very sad,” McDonn shouted.
Source: – The Nation