Tragedy struck yesterday in Omuko village, Awka, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, when four children of the same parents were burnt to death in an inferno caused by candle in their one-bedroom apartment.
Parents of the victims, who are from Ebonyi State, were not around when the disaster occurred in the middle of the night. Father of the burnt children, Mr. Ozoemena Nwoye, was said to have gone for outside work as he is labourer going round for daily pay jobs.
Unfortunately, he did not return on the sad day. The victims, whose names were given as Ikechukwu Nwoye, nine years, Chinonso Nwoye, seven years, Chisom Nwoye, five years, and Chioma Nwoye, were rushed to hospital but could not survive, as they finally gave up on Sunday morning at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi.
Mr. Nwoye, a tenant in the burnt building and a native of Ezaa village, Ebonyi State, confirmed his children were burnt.
He said: “I am so devastated by the fire incident. I want help from the public. My family has been suffering from one problem to another. We don’t really have any hope right now. We don’t know who to run to. I am appealing to kind-hearted Nigerians to please come to our aid, whatever they can afford to give us, so that we can start to bury our children and settle the hospital bills. I am also calling on our dear Governor Willie Obiano and wife, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano to come and help us.”
Nwoye said that although the family lost virtually everything they had laboured for over the years, he however explained that the loss of his children remained the most painful.
Mother of the children, Mrs Ginika Nwoye said she went to visit her husband’s brother who did an operation following his health condition at Amaku General Hospital, Awka, when the inferno started.
She added that when the door was finally forced open, the burnt bodies of the children were seen together at one corner of the house where they had run to, possibly thinking they would be safe there.
Ebonyi State governor-elect was said to have already made inquiries on what happened and how it happened as the victims are from Ebonyi State.


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