BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
THE police officer who recently lost four of his six children to kerosene explosion in Oghara, Delta State, Mr. Hope Adeleke, has appealed to the federal and state governments, Police authorities as well as public spirited individuals to come to his assistance in off-setting the medical bills of his two surviving children and wife now on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Benin.
It would be recalled that Adeleke, who is serving in one of the police formations in Warri, Delta State, was away at his duty post when the incident occurred.
Speaking with Vanguard yesterday, Adeleke while appealing for assistance said his salary for two years as a Police man and civil servant would not be enough to off-set the medical bills at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, which he said was quite expensive.
Recalling the incident, the police officer who spoke with tears on his face, said he was at his duty post when he received a call that there was calamity at his Oghara residence.
“It was at about midnight when I heard the news that my house was on fire, so, I tried to go from Warri to Oghara immediately but there was no means of transportation. I had thought that it was a minor incident until my Pastor called me to say that there was calamity in my house. I inquired about my wife and children and I was told that they were alright. Nobody told informed me that even a soul was lost.
“By 6 a.m I was at Oghara and my Divisional Police Officer, DPO, called me and asked that I should report to his office first and he kept telling me that all was well. It was then that I knew that there was a problem. When I told him to tell me what was wrong with my family so that I can take whatever it was as man, he kept saying that all was well.
“ I thought of buying bread to take home to the children, but I changed my mind and it was then I learnt that my four children were killed in the fire incident that followed the kerosene explosion. Right now, I don’t know what to do. Only God knows.
“I am appealing to the Federal Government, the state government, police authorities not to leave me alone as my salary, as a police officer, for two years will not be enough to take care of the remaining two children and my wife. They should come to my assistance.”