In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 05th, July, 2020

He Wished To Change into A Pastor

He Wanted To Become A Pastor

Samuel Ezeh

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 concerning 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 kids; this made me really feel uncomfortable. I puzzled the place they is likely to 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 approach there. Once I requested the place they had 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 informed her to return house to arrange supper whereas I continued to seek for him. I went from home to deal with, trying to find him. I went to locations I knew he used to go however at each compound I visited, they informed me they didn’t see him.

When you can not discover him, what did you do?

I returned house and requested my spouse concerning the youngsters he went out with. She informed me the 2 boys he went out with had been about 10 years previous. I went to them and so they informed me that whereas they had been at their home with my son, he informed them he was hungry, so that they determined to come back with him to our home to eat. They stated they noticed one in every of my nephews, (identify withheld), engaged on his farm.

They stated he stopped them and requested for his or her names and about their households, particularly from one in every of them who will not be from our neighborhood. The boy informed him his mother and father are from Ebonyi State. They stated after they answered his questions, he informed them to go. After they acquired 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 must be round 37 or 38 years previous.

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The kids stated he got here and requested them to get down from the mango tree. I used to be informed my son was the one choosing the mangoes that had been dropping on the bottom. After they acquired down, he requested one in every of them to get him a cane and it was dropped at him. He requested whether or not they needed him to offer them some coaching and so they begged him to not give them any coaching. So, he informed them to run, together with my little youngster. After working a ways, they stopped and seemed 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 considering that he would possibly have determined to come back house since he was coming to eat earlier than they stopped to get some mangoes. After they acquired to our home, they didn’t see him and so they 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 your entire neighbourhood that my boy was lacking. We fashioned a search get together 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 informed them he was in Enugu. He was informed that one of many youngsters he chased after had not been seen however he dismissed it. Later that night time, I known as him on the telephone however he did not decide up.

What occurred when he was not discovered that night time?

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The folks retired to their houses with the purpose of continuous with the search the next morning. I needed 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 recommended we type one other search get together 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. Finally, we discovered him in a pit in an space that was coated throughout our search the earlier night time. The remainder of us ran to the place to see him and folks 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.

But it surely didn’t rain that night time and blood was popping out of his nostril. I informed 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 suppose he was killed?

By him, you’ll know he was killed. So I don’t suppose 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 and so they stated they had been bored with him. His mother and father have died. That they had two youngsters, a boy and a woman.

He was about 11 or 12 years previous when his mother and father 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 mother and father had been lifeless.

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Since your son died, how exhausting has it been for you?

My pricey, it’s not straightforward. I’m dumbfounded. My son was anyone that didn’t need to see me offended. Every time I got here house, he would come and play with me. If he seen that I used to be  moody, he would persistently ask me ‘daddy, what’s it?’ He would do issues to make me completely satisfied. I bear 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 at all times stated he would grow to be a pastor or a health care provider after finishing his schooling if God so wished. Once I bear in mind him, I really feel unhappy. I really feel like this life has no that means once more, however what can I do? Every little thing that was created will go away; it’s only God that we glance as much as. If I had listened to folks when the incident occurred, I might have performed 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 preserve imagining how somebody may kill an harmless youngster like that.

Is there any replace on the police investigation?

On Could 22, 2020, once I visited the murder division on the police headquarters in Enugu, I used to be informed that an post-mortem can be performed 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’ve got for him?

I had hoped to coach him to realize his dream of changing into a pastor.

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