Family wiped out

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•We watched as our kids roast to death like goats —Couple

By GILBERT EKEZIE

Despite the fact that some weeks have passed since the fire disaster that wiped out five children of Mr. & Mrs. Augustine Ikwuagwu on Comfort Oboh Street, Kirikiri Town, Lagos, its bitter memory still lingers. Indeed, the tragedy has been a nightmare to the couple. When Saturday Sun met with the couple recently, pain and agony have overwhelmed them, as they recounted their loss.

Speaking amid tears, Mrs Margaret Ikwuagwu, said her fine kids, Chukwuemeka (13), Ifeanyichukwu (10), Bright (8), Joy (6) and Victoria (4) were sleeping in the house when the incident started at 10pm. She said that all efforts to rescue the children failed. “I asked my children to go and sleep in the room while I was preparing to close shop for the day.

Then, shortly, someone ran to tell me that our house was on fire. I abandoned everything I was doing and ran down to the house. When I got there, the fire had already covered the whole place and I could not enter my room to rescue my children,” she said. Mrs Ikwuagwu explained that she cried for help, but no one came to her aid. “When I got there, I met a mammoth. My co-tenants were busy removing their children and property.

They started the rescue as soon as the fire broke out, but never bothered to inform me that our house was on fire. I tried to rescue our children, but I could not because the fire had covered our room. I heard the voices of my children shouting. But could not save the situation. I cried for help, but no one assisted me. “I forced myself inside the room when I heard my children crying for help, with the hope that I would bring out at least one or two, but I ended up being burnt by fire; so I ran out.” The woman revealed that as she was shouting, her husband arrived at the scene.

“When my husband arrived, we joined hands to rescue our children. He pushed the door, but the fire was too much; he tried to force himself through the window; yet he did not succeed. We called our children, but they did not answer us. When we tried and saw that there was no hope again, we fainted, having watched our five children, cash and other property ruined by fire. We were rushed to the hospital immediately and did not know what happened later,” she stated.

Mrs. Ikwuagwu stated that it was after some hours that she and her husband recovered from the shock. “When we recovered, we were asked to come to Kirikiri Police Station to make statement. Thereafter, we were asked to come and take our children for burial. So, we went to bury them at Trinity Cemetery, Olodi Apapa.” She revealed that before the fire disaster, her family had planned to travel home on December 22 for Christmas. “I do not know why this thing happened to us.

Why should our five children go like that? We were preparing to travel home on December 22 for Christmas. Now here we are. Where do we start and how far do I go from here? I know that it was not an ordinary fire. But, however, God will take control of the whole thing,” she lamented. Narrating what happened, Mr. Augustine Ikwuagwu, popularly known as Osuofia, said that when he arrived he tried his best to rescue the children, regretting that the fire had already taken over the entire compound.

He said: “On December 12, I went to my wife’s shop and saw my children sleeping and I asked my wife to take them home, which she did. We did not lock the children inside the house, as people are saying, rather. Our 12-year-old son, Chukwuemeka, took them home, and when the fire started, no one cared to call us and as a result, our children got burnt to death. We have three male and two female children and they died same day.

As it is, I have no house, no property and no child. People are saying that we locked the children inside the room and lighted a candle, but I am telling you that we did not lock them inside and we did not use candle at all; what we use was rechargeable lamp.” He also stated that the cause of the fire is yet to be known. “We are still surprised about how the fire started and up till this moment, we have not been able to know the cause of the fire. But God has the answer,” he stated. Mr. Ikwuagwu said the fact that they watched their five children suffer and died in the fire was the worst thing that has happened to him and his wife.

“I wanted to kill myself because I do not know where I am going from here. I do not think, I can cope because my entire life struggles are gone. After five children, we have decided not to bear children again. But now, we are starting again,” he lamented. He stated that since the incident, life has not been easy for his family, revealing that he and his wife are still receiving treatment in the hospital. “It has not been easy for us since then.

We have no child, shelter, clothes, money and property. Also, we have not recovered from the shock. So, anyone who knows what it takes to lose five children and everything should please assist us to come back to life. My wife’s spirit has gone down; she has been thinking of how to get another child,” Ikwuagwu lamented.

Note: Assistance could be rendered to the couple through Austin Ikwuagwu, Zenith Bank Account Number 2001622946, Phone: 07066252605, 0802590062, 07037591544 or No 3, Jimoh Street Okokomaiko, Lagos.

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  1. Really my eyes are filled with tears I imagine what the innocent children passed through before death. the agony and pains. what can I say ?
    May God grant them eternal rest, Amen.

  2. Year 2012 is full of tragedies. Lucifer and his demons has relocated from middle east to Nigeria.
    Everyone must be very careful and accept Christ now. I foresee more bloodshed and worst tragedies before the end of 2012 and early 2013.
    R.I.P little ones. Nigeria is doomed

  3. My eyes are filled with tears and my heart beats faster for the couple,please take heart,may God grant them eternal rest,accept my condolence.

  4. it is very unfortunate,i do not know how this couple will feel hearing the voice of there lovely kids crying to death.God have mercy on us, do not alow even my enemy to pass through this,please restore this family, forgive them their sins in Jesus name amen.
    We are human and do not know why such things happen,take the soul of this innocent kids, may their soul rest in peace Amen.

  5. I couldn’t help but sigh deeply as I read through every line of this write up. May God give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. And as God returned the captivity of Job, so shall He bring back all that they lost in Jesus name.

  6. The cause of this fire should be investigated by the police. In this modern world, this mysterious fire story is not acceptable.

  7. what do i say?hw do i start i am only weeping nd weeping almighty GOD pls interven in this case, oh lord secure ur pple 4r de dangers of end time

  8. FEMI AJETUNMOBI USA on

    THE PRECIOUS COMMODITIES WERE PERISHED IN FIRE INFERNO AT KIRIKIRI DUE TO PARENTS NEGLIGENT. THEY RUINED THE FIVE FUTURE LEADERS. AS A FATHER, I CANNOT IMAGINE LEAVING MY CHILDREN ALONE OR LOCK THEM UP IN THE HOUSE.

    RIP MY LOVELY FRIENDS.

  9. Lord Jesus Christ, pls, have mercy on this couple. Restore them back to their fittnes and let them not loose faith in you. For where there’s Jesus Christ, there’s hope and every other thing must surely be added. As for we mortals, we can do nothing. May the souls of the five children continue to rest in the bossom of our Lord, Amen.

  10. Sorry for their loss. They were killed by Nigeria – no electricity, no safety, burglary proof, no fire service, family working late hours to make ends meet, no hospital. Please vote on issues, not on irrelevant facts. Not for ACN or PDP. Vote for people who will deliver you next time.

  11. Anslem Okafor from Ghana on

    This is a better pile to swallow,please God will comfort you. I feel the pain,it is horrible, I lack words oh my God.

  12. PARENTS SHOULD PLEASE WATCH OVER THEIR CHILDREN.FOR THEY ARE PRONE TO MISTAKES.FELLOW BLOGGERS,LET’S SUPPORT THE COUPLE FINANCIALLY NOW,NO MATTER HOW LITTLE IT IS.

  13. Its a painful thing hearing the voice of five innocent children burnt to death with little or no help. May God grant their souls eternal rest in peace. Parents stop locking your children up in a room for fear of thief breaking into your room to steal your properties, another calamity may fall on them. The children know the position of the house door and atleast the three senior one would have ran out if they were not locked up. Its a pity it happened like this and may God have mercy, console the bereaved parents.

  14. IT’s pathetic, but pls, first, walk into the nearest bible believing church to you; so you can find comfort,peace and joy again, to your body, soul and spirit, in the Lord.
    God give you the grace to overcome this dark phase of your life.
    Remember, ” weeping may endure for the night, but joy commeth in the moning”. Do not give up, afterall,
    THEIR IS HOPE FOR YOU IN CHRIST JESUS!

  15. short of words…….Heavenly Father, please comfort and strenghten this parents ,and may the spirits of these kids ever rest in your glory ..Amen

  16. GOD GRANT THEM TO BEAR THE IRREPAIRABLE LOSE. NEIGHBOURS U ARE WICKED U WOULD HAVE SAVED THE KIDS B4 UR STUPID PROPERTY, NOW THEY LOST EVERYTHING. REST IN PEACE. I COULD’NT HOLD MY TEARS.

  17. My tears in my eyes & pains in heart, I pray for your comfort & restoration in Jesus Name, Amen.
    This also shows how cruel & selfish men are; for neighborhours to care after only their own children.
    My Prayers: Oh Jehovah God, please in this life, give me good & humane neighbours, IJN, Amen

  18. Anieke Vitalis Chinedu on

    for the souls of those children; may the Almithy God grant their faithful souls pardon, peace and eternal refreshment in eternity. For the parents; may the God of mercy grant them mercy and the divine grace to bear pains and look Him Who is the Author and finisher of their faith, Amen.

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