Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Residents of Umuahia the Abia State capital have been thrown into frenzy as a tricycle operator engaged to convey four children of same parents to school, disappeared with them.
The incident according to the father of the children, Mr Chimaobi Agah, from Amasiri in Ebonyi State, occured on Monday.
Mr Agah in a viral video cried out for help.
According to the father of four, two of the children were aged eight; one, four; and the other, a year and half.
The father of the missing children in the viral video, said he travelled to Enugu State when his wife prepared the children for school and hired the tricycle driver to convey them.
He said they live at Umuagu Ibeku area of Umuahia while the children’s school is located at Nkwoegwu community.
According to the father of four, the incident has shattered the family as they are yet to recover from the trauma.
Mr Agah said he had reported the incident to the police but the missing children were yet to be found.
“My name is Chimaobi Agah, from Amasiri in Ebonyi State. I went to work in Enugu on Monday and my wife prepared my four children for school.
“She paid a KEKE (tricycle) driver to take them to school. In the afternoon when school was supposed to dismiss they did not return, and my wife went to their school to look for them.
“She was told by the school authorities that they did not come to school at all. My wife called me and I returned to Umuahia on Tuesday morning. I went to the school and was told the same story.
“So, I went to the police and reported it. They gave me four police men and we searched for them but without success. They asked me to come back the next day and make a statement. After they told me to go to radio station and do an announcement. I have done all these and till now I have not seen them.
“The public should please help me. God should please forgive my sins. I know I’m a sinner but I believe Jesus died for sinners like me. Please I need my four children rescued.”
Agah gave his phone number as 07057279866, and appealed to anyone with useful information on how to locate the missing children to contact him.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Maureen Chinaka, when contacted, said she was not yet briefed about the incident.
She, however, promised to get back to our Correspondent after making inquiries.