The Enugu State Police Command on Wednesday said it had arrested a 52-year-old Ifeanyi Amadikwa, of 74 Nkwubor Road, Emene, Enugu East local government area of the state for the murder of his three daughters.
The suspect, according to a statement by the Command’s spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, murdered the children and dumped their bodies in a spoilt refrigerator.
The statement partly reads, “Police operatives attached to Enugu Metro Area Command of Enugu State Police Command, on 04/01/2022 at about 1930hrs, arrested one male suspect, Ifeanyi Amadikwa aged 52, of 74 Nkwubor Road, Emene, Enugu, for allegedly murdering and dumping in a spoilt deep freezer fridge, his three female children namely: Chidalum Amadikwa aged 11 (who is his step-daughter), Amarachi Amadikwa aged (8) and Ebubechukwu Amadikwa aged (4).
“Preliminary investigation showed that the suspect’s wife and mother of the children, went to the market with her only male child on 04/01/2022, leaving the others in the suspect’s custody. She, however, came back in the evening hours of the said date and could not find any of the three children.
“But while searching for them, the suspect drew her attention to the said fridge he had brought back home from his shop on 02/01/2022 and kept in their apartment’s veranda. And on closer observation, the lifeless bodies of the children were found in the fridge with bruises, suggesting that they might have been murdered and dumped in the fridge.”
It added, “the lifeless bodies of the children were immediately moved to the hospital, where they were confirmed dead by medical doctors on duty, and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.”
Ndukwe, said that the State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal, had described the killing of the little children as unfortunate and heartless, and commiserated with the mother, relatives, and friends of the deceased children.
According to him, the Commissioner assured the family police commitment to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure that justice prevailed.
He said that the CP had ordered the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department to conduct a conclusive investigation into the case and ensure everyone found culpable was brought to book.