Tragedy struck in Okwelle in the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State on Friday, as three children of the same parents, aged five, three and two were found dead inside a parked vehicle in the village.
The death of the siblings, our correspondent learnt, has put the community in a mourning mood, as sympathisers thronged the area.The names of the children were given as Saviour Nweke, five; Salvation Nweke, three; and Precious Nweke, two.
Suspicion has it that they entered inside a parked vehicle, locked themselves and didn’t know how to unlock it. They apparently suffocated due to the heat. The corpses have been evacuated to a mortuary in the area by the police.
A source in the village told our correspondent that the children went out to play when their parents went out. The source said upon return, their parents didn’t know their whereabouts as they began looking for them, but to no avail.
A search was said to have been declared by the police, and that some policemen were equally involved in the search, until their bodies were found in the stationary vehicle.