Police Clarify: Woman Who Abandoned Her Children in Enugu Did Not Commit Suicide; Whereabouts Still Unknown | #NwokeukwuMascot

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The Enugu State Police Command has provided clarification regarding the recent incident involving a woman who abandoned her three children in Enugu. Contrary to earlier reports, the police have confirmed that the woman did not commit suicide by running into a moving vehicle. Furthermore, the whereabouts of the woman are still unknown.

Earlier this month, SaharaReporters published a story stating that Mrs. Nkechinyere Mbah, the wife of Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah, had pledged to support the three children whose mother allegedly took her own life after leaving them at a police station. Mrs. Mbah had promised to sponsor their daily needs and education.

However, the Enugu State Police Command, through its spokesperson DSP Daniel Ndukwe, has refuted the claims of suicide. In a statement issued on Thursday night, the police stated that the viral reports were misleading and that they are still searching for the missing woman.

According to the police statement, on March 2, a distress call was received alleging that a woman had abandoned her three children in front of God Is Good Terminal along Ogui Road in Enugu. The callers further reported that the woman, who was believed to be suffering from a mental disorder, stripped herself naked before fleeing to an undisclosed location. The police promptly responded to the scene, found the children, and took them to Ogui Police Station. They have since commenced investigations to locate their mother.

During the course of the investigation, Mrs. Nkechinyere Mbah, the wife of the Enugu State Governor, visited the police station and offered scholarships and welfare support for the children. The children were subsequently handed over to the Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development.

The woman's husband also reported to the police station, stating that his wife had recently been displaying signs of mental health issues. He explained that on the day of the incident, he returned home from work to find his wife and children missing from their residence in the Ugwuaji area of Enugu South Local Government Area.

He said the viral reports were misleading and that the whereabouts of the woman were still unknown, Ndukwe said: “On March 2, at about 8:30 a.m., the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) of Central Police Station (CPS) and Ogui Police Division received distress calls alleging that a woman abandoned her three children in front of God Is Good Terminal along Ogui Road by Osisatech Roundabout, Enugu.

 

“The callers further alleged that the woman stripped herself naked due to a mental disorder before running off to an unknown destination. The DPOs and their teams immediately moved to the scene, where they found and took the children to Ogui Police Station and commenced investigations to locate their mother.

 

“During investigations, Mrs. Nkechinyere Mbah, wife of the Executive Governor of Enugu State, visited the Police Station, offering scholarships for welfare support for all three children (names withheld), aged six, three and two years, respectively.

“Afterward, they were handed over to the Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development through Mrs. Ngozi Enih, the Honourable Commissioner overseeing the Ministry.

 

“Additionally, the woman’s husband reported to the Police Station and stated that his yet-to-be-seen wife recently started displaying strange behaviours, which suggested signs of mental health issues.

“He further stated that he returned from work in the morning hours of the said day of the incident, and met the absence of his wife and the children at their home in the Ugwuaji area of Enugu South Local Government Area.

“It is, therefore, expedient to categorically state that, contrary to the untrue and misleading viral publications, there was no such incident of the said woman dumping the children and committing suicide through a fatal motor accident in front of Ogui Police Station."

He insisted that there was no fatal motor-pedestrian accident recorded in front of the police station or along the entire stretch of Ogui Road, Enugu, on March 2, 2024.

The police statement categorically denies the claim that the woman dumped her children and committed suicide in a motor accident in front of Ogui Police Station. The police confirmed that no such incident occurred on March 2, 2024, in that area.

The Enugu State Police Command is continuing its efforts to locate the missing woman and ensure the well-being of the abandoned children.

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