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Missing kids found dead in vehicle

MISSING KIDS NDTwo kids, reported to have gone missing on Tuesday morning opposite the Camp Bethesda Mission off the Robertsfield Highway , were found dead in a black Toyota Avalon parked among nine other broken-down vehicles in the compound of Mr. Ojuku Nmardi, a Nigerian national, on Wednesday morning December 2.

The bodies of Alvin Moses 4, and Reuben Logan 7, were found barely 24 hours after they were reported missing on Tuesday morning, December 1, at around 10 A.M.

Residents on the scene screamed ritualistic killing alleging Mr. Nmardi in whose open compound the cars are parked as the perpetrator, though no body parts of the children were extracted as is done in most ritualistic killings here, except the peeling of some parts of the skins, which may have been caused by heat burns.

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However, their suspicion prompted them to go amok setting ablaze the three bedroom home of Mr. Nmardi, and one of his vehicles, while his wife and house help had to run for their dear lives as the number of angry residents increased.

Nmardi, popularly known as O.J., a mechanic by profession and an immediate neighbor to the parents of the two kids, had just left his home early Wednesday morning to

rop his children off to school, when the bodies of the missing kids were discovered in one of his parked vehicles.

“My children did not go anywhere,” said Victor Moses (no relations to English football club Chelsea loanee), the grieving father, as his wife Mrs. Moses wept uncontrollably.

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The children were noticed missing in the afternoon,” he continued as he held back his tears.

By evening hours, fearing that they may have been kidnapped, Moses said he went to the local police station seeking permission to conduct a house to house search. But the

ocal police authority in the community said they were not clothed with the authority to issue such order for the exercise.

However, they agreed that the community mobilized to block all entries and exists into the community and that all vehicles leaving the area be searched.

Nmardi, car was searched and allowed to leave the community the early morning hours of Wednesday before a boy between the ages of 14-15 discovered the bodies of the kids in the parked vehicle as he raised his hands up and raise his loud voice attracting other residents.

While the chaos and destructions were unfolding at his residence, Nmardi ran to the police to report the incident.

There is currently no suspect in the death of the kids, according to Police spokesperson Sam Collins, when he spoke to one of our reporters Wednesday afternoon.

The incident of finding kids body in parked cars is not new here. In early 2002, two kids were discovered dead in their parents vehicle on a Sunday during a worship service at the Congo Town Baptist Church. Also earlier this year, at a truck garage near the Double Bridge community in Gardnerville, two kids were similarly found dead in a parked car.

By Othello B. Garblah

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