A middle – aged man , Mr Chinasa Ogbaga , a native of Egwuagu Okpuitumo Community in the Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State , has allegedly butchered his two children and left one half -dead .
The accused person, who was said to have committed the act on Saturday night when villagers and other family members had gone to bed , allegedly took the children to the bush one after the other and slaughtered them .
Names of the two slain children were given as Chikamso Ogbaga , a six – year -old boy and Chizaram Ogbaga , four -year – old girl , while the third , who was lucky to have been rescued half dead , is Emmanuel Ogbaga , a two – year- old boy .
Emmanuel is currently receiving treatment at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital , Abakaliki .
It was gathered that the suspect , in February this year , divorced his wife who gave birth to the three children.
The police in the state have arrested the suspect for investigation and eventual prosecution.
The mother of the suspect , Mrs Ogbaga , told our correspondent in tears that her son divorced his wife early this year but had been living with his children peacefully before the incident .
She said the suspect was the one who had been training the children and had been visiting home regularly from Onitsha, Anambra State , where he lived .
The suspect ’ s mother said , “ He is the one that has been responsible for their education . But I discovered recently that my son has an Ogbanje ( He is possessed by an evil spirit ) and I think that must have been the cause of his action . ”
Also in an interview , the suspect ’ s uncle, Mr Emmanuel Nwambam , described the incident as shocking .
“ Mr Chinasa Ogbaga is a vulcanizer , based in Onitsha, Anambra State . He returned home as usual and the following day he followed his mother to the farm .
“ When they came back from the farm , he was seen sharpening the cutlass on Saturday evening , which he later used for the barbaric act . Unfortunately , nobody knew his plans . He is not a violent man and he is not having any quarrel with anybody .
“ After committing the crime , he met a vigilante officer in the village who interrogated him for moving about in the night with a cutlass . From there, it was discovered he had butchered his three children, ” he said .
When contacted for confirmation , the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , DSP Loveth Odah , said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ekumenyi Police Station had reported the incident to the state command .
He added that the matter was being investigated .