GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Fire consumes 4 children of same parents in Anambra

By Pamela Eboh, Awka on 03/01/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 2,512


As people were celebrating the joyful season of Christmas with gifts and exchange of visits, tragedy visited a family in Umuele, Umudim, Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State. It came in the form of a monster fire that consumed four children of same parents in their three-bedroom apartment located on the ground floor of a storey building. Their parents, Anthony and Chinemerem Ofomata, were away during the time of the tragedy.

The victims – six years old Chioma, Goodness and Mercy (twins aged three years) and two years old Ifeoma – were allegedly locked inside the apartment by their mother, Mrs. Chinemerem Ofomata, who was said to have gone to pick her own share of rice shared among widows in the community after her husband, a vulcaniser, had left for work with two of their children (both boys) – eight years old Kosi and five years old Ebuka.

The father of the deceased children, Mr. Anthony Ofomata, 57, said that it was around 6pm on December 25 that he returned home to see a crowd of people at his residence, which is isolated from other buildings. He spoke of his agony in seeing raging flames and people struggling to destroy the doors, windows and iron burglaries in a failed bid to rescue the four children inside the building occupied only by his family.

Ofomata disclosed that his wife did not inform him of her outing, neither did he know that the children were locked inside the house.

An eye witness, Mr. Emmanuel Okeke, who spoke with News Express, said that people’s attention was drawn to the house when flames started coming out through the windows and that they didn’t hear any cry for help. He said that when the door was finally forced open, the charred remains of the children were seen mangled together at one corner of the house where they had apparently run to in the hope of being rescued.

On her part, the bereaved mother said the door was locked from outside to restrict the movement of the children, adding that it was not the first time the children were locked inside.

“I locked them inside after having a meal with them and went out to share rice. The rice was not meant for widows but for everybody. If you like, go and find out. I don’t know what caused the fire,” she said.

The remains of the children have been deposited at a nearby morgue while their mother remains with the police as investigation into the incident continues.

•Photo shows the bereaved father, Mr. Anthony Ofomata, with two of the deceased children. Inset is his wife, Chinemerem.

Source News Express

Posted 03/01/2015 2:27:11 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Virgin Atlantic Airways pulls out of Nigeria, lays...

Fuel scarcity hits Abuja, Lagos, Enugu

INEC promises free, fair and credible election in...

FG to set new policy direction for universities...

ENUGU READY FOR THE WORLD •Gov. Chime speaks...

Controversial lawmaker Abdulmunin Jibrin advises President Buhari to...

Breaking News: NDLEA storms Buruji Kashamu’s house •Senator-elect...

Sokoto Governor accused of sabotage

DSS hands over 82 Chibok schoolgirls to ministry...

Unknown gunmen attack Adamawa village, kill 3

Kaduna Refinery to patronise Nigerian engineers

Infrastructure Bank announces N973m profit before tax in...

 

Latest News Niger Delta militants declare war •Their condition for peace US, France, Germany fuelling corruption in Nigeria — Osinbajo Armed bandits kill 23, raze houses in Zamfara Navy to unleash 1,585 fresh inductees on insurgents, oil thieves How I will operate as Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland — Gani Adams Anambra guber poll: We’ll remain vigilant until final result is announced, says INEC Opone wants modular refineries in every Niger Delta state Lagos East APC Apex group passes vote of confidence on Ambode, condoles Tinubu Billion-dollar Bible Museum opens amid controversy Children takeover at World Children’s Day Anambra governorship election rigged: PDP Pogba back with a bang as United dazzle in EPL •Arsenal win derby

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (294,353 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (278,175 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (224,709 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (189,092 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (181,294 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (165,852 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (143,961 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (130,413 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (126,837 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (116,435 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (113,661 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (107,413 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (30) Business (2,771) Business Verdict (26) Columnists (769) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (186) Entertainment (404) Features (510) Global Business Monitor (190) International (1,644) Interviews (138) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (82) News (30,350) Opinion (837) Pidgin (9) Politics (4,105) Religion (648) Sports (1,357) Stock Watch (24) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN Words on marble

 

 

Argentina vs Nigeria

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!