From Adaeze Onuorah, Abakaliki
A FAMILY of six, the Village Head of Omege community, his pregnant wife and four of his children were allegedly burnt to death when their house went up in flames in, Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The victims of the fire incident; a Village Head, identified as Mr Ogada and his wife, his children; Lambert, 7, Abigail, 5, Beatrice,3 and Festus, 1, were all burnt to ashes in a fire that broke out around 2:30am in their house.
National Light reporter gathered that the household was said to be asleep when the fire broke out and had no chance for any escape.
According to report, the first wife of Mr. Ogada, Angela Ogada, was said to have woken in the mid night only to see their house filled with smoke. She immediately rushed to the living room door between her apartment and her co-wife in an effort to open it but it was locked.
She ran outside and raised alarm but before neighbours could gather for rescue, it had already gotten too late as the whole building had been over taken by the inferno.
Stories making round say, there is an existing land dispute between Ogada and an unnamed villager.
When contacted, Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Loveth Odah confirmed the incident; disclosing that 14 persons, (12 males and 2 females) including Mrs. Angela, the first wife of the village head have been arrested while investigation has begun.
She expressed sadness that 6 persons, including the unborn baby could just die like that and assured the public that the police would
soon unravel the remote cause of the fire.
“The rule states that when a capital offence is committed such as
murder, assassination, police have the right to go for mass arrest to
enable police obtain information that could lead to the real truth of
the matter and that exactly is what the Ebonyi Police Command has done and every suspect to the crime must be brought to book”, Odah said.
Odah explained that the matter was reported to Izzi Police Division and has been transferred to the state police headquarters and appealed to the general public to always oblige the police with useful information when a crime is committed to help police protect the lives of the citizens.