WorldStage Newsonline—In what can be regarded as tragic and strange thing to happen few days to Christmas and new year festivals, occurrence a 35-year-old man, Achibong Patrick, has killed his four children after chasing his wife away with cutlass and setting his house on fire before killing himself.
It was learnt that the incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday in Alesa area, close to Port Harcourt, in Eleme Rivers State.
It was gathered that the four children were three girls and a boy, aged eight, five and three.
According to reports, the wife raised the alarm that her husband wanted to kill her and their children, but it was too late for the neighbours to rescue the children.
The sleeping children were reported to have been strangled to death, as they had no chance to flee the apartment, which was on fire.
Spokesman for the police in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident as he said: “Who are you going to arrest, when the man chased away his wife, before killing their four children?
He did not stop at killing the children, but he decided to set his house ablaze, before hanging himself.
“The bodies of the five persons have been sent to the mortuary for autopsy.”
The reason for the action has not been ascertained but the police is still investigating the matter, he added.