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3 chil­dren of po­lice in­spec­tors drown in A’Ibom

- Nigeria News · Crime · Incidents · Akwa Ibom · Nigeria · News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

The Akwa Ibom State Po­lice Com­mand yes­ter­day con­firmed the drown­ing of three chil­dren of po­lice of­fi­cers in a pool of wa­ter at Eket bar­racks.

Speak­ing to news­men, SP Odiko Mac­don, Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in the state, de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “painful and shock­ing.”

He said that the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice in the state, Amiengheme An­drew, re­ceived the news of the sad in­ci­dent with rude shock and dis­be­lief.

“The three of them were chil­dren of two serv­ing po­lice in­spec­tors in Eket divi­sion, we com­mis­er­ate with the fam­i­lies, it is in­deed painful.

“We un­der­stand that the pool of wa­ter is used for ero­sion con­trol, it is more painful be­cause this is pre­ventable,” he said.

He urged po­lice­men re­sid­ing in bar­racks to be more vig­i­lant to avoid tragic oc­cur­rences, say­ing, “we should keep an eye on the wel­fare of our fam­ily mem­bers, they are the rea­son we work.”

A News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) correspond­ent who vis­ited the scene re­ports that the pool has been cor­doned off to avoid fur­ther in­ci­dents.

A be­reaved fam­ily mem­ber, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Tues­day, and that the chil­dren were aged between 5 and 7.(NAN)

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