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2 children drown in village pond in Ebonyi

17 April 2014, 18:24

Abakaliki- Two children of the same parents on Wednesday drowned in a pond at Enwugba village in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi, according to an eyewitness.

An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said the victims - Jideofor, 6 and Chinecherem, 4 - had gone to fetch water from the pond.

According to the witness, Chinecherem’s container slipped off her hand and in an attempt to rescue it, she slipped into the pond.

"Jideofor, who saw what had happened, rushed to assist her but he drowned as well," the witness said.

The father of the children, Pius Mbam, who resides in Enugu, expressed grief over their death.

Mbam said that he received an urgent call to come home only for him to see the lifeless bodies of his two children.

"If there had been any elderly person at the pond, the water would not have drowned my children," he lamented.

The Chairman of Abakaliki Local Government Area, Batholomey Ottah, who visited the family, urged them to accept the situation in good fate.

Ottah gave the assurance that the council would sink a borehole for the community before the end of April to address the water scarcity in the area.

-   NAN

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