Ekpoma - Two children were on Saturday night burnt alive in their sleep at Ekpoma, in the Esan-West Local Government Area of Edo.
The children, a four-year-old girl and two-year-old boy, were reportedly burnt when fire from a local lamp engulfed their room at night.
It was alleged that the mother of the children, Christy Akamezie, locked them up in the room while asleep and left to prostitute.
Police had arrested their mother for alleged negligence.
The father of the children, Chike Akamezie, a trader based in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area, who wept uncontrollably, told NAN that though he had been estranged from his wife, he never failed to provide for the upkeep of the children.
Akamezie, who admitted he never paid any dowry on his estranged wife, alleged that he was compelled to separate from her because she was sleeping around with other men.
He said he never knew that the woman would lock up the children at night to go and prostitute, adding he would have collected the children while separating from her, if his late mother was still alive.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Esan-West Local Government, declined comment.