Ifeanyi Amadikwa, 52, was arrested in Enugu metropolis for reportedly killing and abandoning his three female children in a refrigerator.
ASP Daniel Ndukwe, a police spokesperson, said the suspect, who lives at 74 Nkwubor Road in Emene, near Enugu, was apprehended on January 4 at around 7:30 p.m.
He went on to say that the culprit was apprehended by Enugu Metro Police Area Command operatives.
The three female children murdered, according to the police spokesperson, are Chidalum Amadikwa, 11 (his stepdaughter), Amarachi Amadikwa, 8, and Ebubechukwu Amadikwa, 4.
He said, “Preliminary investigation showed that the suspect’s wife and mother of the children, went to the market with her only male child on January 4, 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 January 2 and kept in their apartment’s veranda.
“And on a 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.”
The remains of the murdered children were taken to the hospital and verified dead by on-duty medical personnel before being deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy, according to Ndukwe.
He added the state's Commissioner of Police, Lawal Abubakar, has expressed his condolences to the deceased children's mother, relatives, and friends.
The police spokesperson said that the commissioner had called for a thorough investigation into the case in a bid to dispense justice.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.