By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
Egbu Umuenem village, Otolo Nnewi community in Nnewi North local government area of Anambra State is still in shock after a set of twins, named Peter and Paul aged six years were found dead in an abandoned freezer in their apartment.
The deceased boys whose parents, Mr and Mrs Nwachukwu Onwe, an automobile mechanic and trader hail from an undisclosed village in Ebonyi State were said to have taken home the deceased bodies of the twins on Saturday afternoon after a search party had revealed their bodies hidden in the freezer.
A visit to the community yesterday showed that indigenes of the community were still in shock over the incident.
A resident of the area, who gave his name as Boniface told THISDAY yesterday afternoon, during a visit to Egbu Umuenem, that the twins were moved by their parents to Ebonyi State where they hail from.
Boniface insisted that residents of the community have not come out of their shock since the Friday incident in which the twin brothers were killed mysteriously and stuffed in a refrigerator by unknown persons.
Peter and Paul had been murdered last Friday evening after they returned from school and were ordered by their mother to go home from her shop, a few metres away, change their uniform and return to the shop for lunch.
Sources said their inability to return on time prompted their mother to go home in search of them but failed to find them, thus raising the alarm that led to the constitution of a search party.
The search party lasted until nightfall when the couple, with some neighbours, decided to continue the search at daybreak, and later discovered the bodies of their twins, the next morning, being Saturday in a discarded freezer in their apartment.
THISDAY gathered from members of the community that the death of the twin brothers who are said to be very lively boys is still a shock to them.
A leader of the community, Chief Afam Obi Ekosi, Obi Egbu Umuenem, Otolo, who had earlier reacted on Saturday said it was an abomination to witness such a thing in his domain. He noted that an incident like that had never happened in the community before.
He said that the community was thrown into agony by that occurrence as he corroborated the sequence of how the incident occurred as narrated by other sources earlier.
“We are dumbfounded. We heard that the children were pupils of a nursery and primary school around us here. I was surprised how that small freezer contained the twins. It is suspected that they might have been strangled to death before squeezing them inside the small freezer.
“Whoever did that must pay dearly for it because this is to dent my community image. We have never recorded this kind of crime in this community before. The kind of crime we record is housebreaking and all that, not this kind. I’m not happy that this is happening in my community. We have invited the police. If it should be investigated, it is in the hands of the police. If it will not be investigated, it is in the hands of God. And God knows who did it. The perpetrator will not go unpunished,” the Obi said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, SP Haruna Muhammed who confirmed the incident, has however assured that the police would do its best to unravel the cause of death and also punish the perpetrators of the crime.