Mr Samuel Ezeh is the daddy of a five-year-old boy, Chinwike, who was allegedly killed in Amokwe Group within the Udi Native Authorities Space of Enugu State. He tells RAPHAEL EDE how his son’s corpse was found in a pit
How did you hear in regards to the demise of your son?
I returned house from work round 6pm on that fateful day. I’m a painter. I didn’t see my spouse and youngsters; this made me really feel uncomfortable. I puzzled the place they may be at the moment as my household hardly stays out past 6pm.
I made a decision to go search for them on the household home and I met my spouse and my four-year-old boy on my method there. Once I requested the place they have been coming from, she stated she couldn’t discover Chinwike and went out to look for him. However she stated she couldn’t discover him. My spouse narrated to me how she returned house and couldn’t discover him.
So I instructed her to return house to arrange supper whereas I continued to seek for him. I went from home to accommodate, trying to find him. I went to locations I knew he used to go however at each compound I visited, they instructed me they didn’t see him.
When you possibly can not discover him, what did you do?
I returned house and requested my spouse in regards to the kids he went out with. She instructed me the 2 boys he went out with have been about 10 years previous. I went to them they usually instructed me that whereas they have been at their home with my son, he instructed them he was hungry, in order that they determined to return with him to our home to eat. They stated they noticed considered one of my nephews, (title withheld), engaged on his farm.
They stated he stopped them and requested for his or her names and about their households, particularly from considered one of them who shouldn’t be from our neighborhood. The boy instructed him his dad and mom are from Ebonyi State. They stated after they answered his questions, he instructed them to go. Once they received to a mango tree, they stopped to get some fruits. They didn’t know that after asking them these questions, the nephew modified his garments and trailed them. In the meantime, he ought to be round 37 or 38 years previous.
The youngsters stated he got here and requested them to get down from the mango tree. I used to be instructed my son was the one selecting the mangoes that have been dropping on the bottom. Once they received down, he requested considered one of them to get him a cane and it was dropped at him. He requested whether or not they wished him to offer them some coaching they usually begged him to not give them any coaching. So, he instructed them to run, together with my little youngster. After operating a ways, they stopped and regarded again however couldn’t discover Chinwike.
Then they returned to the mango tree and couldn’t discover both my nephew or Chinwike. So, they got here to my home pondering that he may have determined to return house since he was coming to eat earlier than they stopped to get some mangoes. Once they received to our home, they didn’t see him they usually didn’t additionally see my nephew who pursued them. From there, they returned to their homes.
After listening to their story, I went house and alerted the whole neighbourhood that my boy was lacking. We fashioned a search social gathering and looked for this boy all by means of the night time. They known as my nephew round 11pm and requested him the place he was. He instructed them he was in Enugu. He was instructed that one of many kids he chased after had not been seen however he dismissed it. Later that night time, I known as him on the cellphone however he did not choose up.
What occurred when he was not discovered that night time?
The folks retired to their properties with the intention of continuous with the search the next morning. I wished to go to the police station to report that my son was lacking however folks round stated it was nonetheless early to go to the police station. As a substitute, they advised we kind one other search social gathering to search for him and that if he was not discovered by 8am, then I ought to go to the police. So we divided ourselves into varied search teams and launched into the search once more. Ultimately, we discovered him in a pit in an space that was lined throughout our search the earlier night time. The remainder of us ran to the place to see him and other people began crying. Once I noticed him, my guess was that his killer put him there so it might seem as if he drowned as a result of if it had rained that night time, the pit would have been flooded and his physique would have been washed down the village.
Nevertheless it didn’t rain that night time and blood was popping out of his nostril. I instructed the folks round to not contact his physique till once I returned. I went to the police station in Udi and reported the incident. They got here with me and took the physique away.
Why do you assume he was killed?
By taking a look at him, you’ll know he was killed. So I don’t assume he was killed, I do know he was killed. my nephew stated he did nothing to him. However he had been misbehaving since his father died. I had even complained about him to his maternal relations they usually stated they have been bored with him. His dad and mom have died. That they had two kids, a boy and a woman.
He was about 11 or 12 years previous when his dad and mom died. I took him like my son when he was younger. I didn’t permit him to do any strenuous work as a result of I didn’t need folks to say it was as a result of his dad and mom have been lifeless.
Since your son died, how onerous has it been for you?
My pricey, it isn’t straightforward. I’m dumbfounded. My son was any person that didn’t need to see me offended. Every time I got here house, he would come and play with me. If he observed that I used to be moody, he would persistently ask me ‘daddy, what’s it?’ He would do issues to make me joyful. I keep in mind him each morning as a result of when he was alive, he would come to my room to wake me up.
How would you describe your son?
He all the time stated he would turn out to be a pastor or a health care provider after finishing his schooling if God so wished. Once I keep in mind him, I really feel unhappy. I really feel like this life has no which means once more, however what can I do? Every thing that was created will move away; it is just God that we glance as much as. If I had listened to folks when the incident occurred, I’d have finished one thing horrible, however I thank God for His mercies.
Can you sleep at night time?
Each time I sleep, I dream about my boy. I additionally maintain imagining how somebody may kill an harmless youngster like that.
Is there any replace on the police investigation?
On Might 22, 2020, once I visited the murder division on the police headquarters in Enugu, I used to be instructed that an post-mortem can be finished since my nephew is saying he didn’t kill my son. I need my boy to be buried; I don’t need him to proceed to be within the morgue.
What plans did you may have for him?
I had hoped to coach him to realize his dream of changing into a pastor.
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