By Esther Onyegbula
Police detectives, yesterday, interrogated the father of the two children found dead inside a deep freezer, Sunday night, in Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of Lagos.
The man, Michael Edeh, has been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, SCIID, Panti, Yaba.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, who confirmed the arrest, said parents owe their children a duty of care under the law, adding that it was the children’s father that reported the matter to the Police.
According to Oti, “one Michael Ede came to the station to report that around midnight on Sunday, November 11, he and his two children, Emma Ede, 6, and Darasimi Ede, 4, slept in his bedroom with all the apartment’s doors securely locked.
“But unfortunately, when he woke up to urinate in the middle of the night, he could not find his children; that after searching for them, he found them dead inside the freezer.
“The corpses have been evacuated to the General Hospital. We are investigating the matter and we have arrested the kids’ father for questioning.”
Oti said under the law parents are held liable if their child falls from a three-storey building and dies, and that such a parent would be arrested to explain why he abdicated his responsibility as guardian of the child.