Man Kills 4 Children, Maid, Commits Suicide

It was a black day last saturday for the people of Awada layout, Obosi, Idemili North Local Government of Anambra State, after a 47-year-old man, Edwin Ojinnaka Nnodiogo, reportedly killed his four children, sister and thereafter took his life.
His wife was a little lucky as she was said not to be at home when her husband decided to follow the devil’s alternative.
The 32-year-wife is currently in police protection.
The victims are Ogechi Ukonu, 16; Mmesoma Nnodiogo, 10; Chimaobi Nnodiogo, 8; Chima Nnodiogo, 4 and Chidiogo Nnodiogo, 2.
It was gathered that Edwin just returned from overseas.
An eyewitness said Edwin, who had been manifesting signs of mental instability, allegedly stabbed his four children to death while the wife was not at home.
“He was on top of the maid, who was screaming, and this drew the wife’s and neighbour’s attention,” he said.
It was learnt that Edwin sent one of their maids to get drugs and water for him.
It was learnt that Nnadiogo and his wife, 32-year-old Chika, had endured a strained marital relationship as he accused the wife of infidelity.
Chika reportedly told her husband that she did not bear the children for him whenever they had disagreements.
A witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Chika was at her medicine shop around 8.45pm when all hell broke loose.
He said, “Whenever the couple had issues, the woman would say that he was not the biological father of their kids.
“She said that she engaged in extra marital affairs because her husband was impotent. The man would in turn call her a prostitute and a randy woman who could not be satisfied by one man.
“On Saturday, as the wife left their house for her medicine store in the evening, with their four children left behind, her husband called the children one after the other. He observed their face closely and thereafter began to stab them with a knife.”
The source said after killing all his children, Nnadiogo chased the housemaid around his apartment and killed her.
“He hid himself in one of the rooms in the four-storeyed building where they lived and took his own life by taking poison.
“Before he killed himself, he said ‘let her (Chika) now go and stay with the biological father of her children,” the source added.
Spokesperson Nkeiruka Nwode, who confirmed the incident, described it as “calamitous.”
She said the incident happened on the 4th floor of the five-storey building, adding that the place had been shut.
The knife Edwin used on the victims and drugs were recovered.
Nwode said the bodies had been taken to a morgue, adding that the command was awaiting autopsy.
She said investigation into the killings was ongoing.

Author: News Editor

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