BY SUZAN EDEH
Unknown people allegedly dumped two children in a fish pond along Dumi road, close to Railway Quarters in Bauchi, yesterday.
It was gathered that one of the kids died before help could come to them while the other one was rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi and is receiving medical attention.
It was further learnt that the 2 children who are male are between the ages of 3 to 4 years old.
Vanguard learnt that two women and a man who came in tricycle popularly known as kekenapep threw the two children inside the fish pond and ran away.
One of the villagers(name withheld) who were working in farm close to the fish pond told Vanguard that they saw two women alighted from the Keke Napepe while the man who rode the Kekenapep did not come down but was inside watching.
He said” immediately the two women came down from the Kekenapepe they threw something inside the fish pond and hurriedly enter the Kekenapepe and left. We were working at the other side of the fish pond because it is a big pond but before we could get to the fish pond, the 3 people have disappeared and to our surprise when we looked inside the fish pond to know what they threw inside , we saw 2 small kids strugling to survive so we immediately called for help”.
He said when other villagers came, they were able to rescue the two children but unfortunately one died before getting to the hospital while the other boy is receiving treatment at ATBTH.
When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer of Bauchi state, ASP Hassan Muhammad Auyo said he was not aware of the incident and promised to get back to the press if he gets any information.
Meanwhile, tragedy struck, yesterday, as seven persons were burnt beyond recognition while five others sustained injuries in an auto crash along Durum village in Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Vanguard gathered that the accident, which occurred around 12.50p.m., involved two commercial vehicles with plate numbers AE 609 NNG, AA 698