Early their week, we published the sad story of how three sons of Mr and Mrs Udoh were killed in a fire incident at
their home in Bayelsa on January 14th. The heartbroken couple have now narrated how it happened to Daily Sun. Udoh, who is a commercial motorcyclist, said on the day of the
incident, he had returned from work and had asked his daughter to buy
him some drugs. He said his wife who sells food had gone to the market
to buy materials she needed to make Suallu bean cake and pap, which she
sells to residents in the neighbourhood …
He said after waiting for his daughter who did not
return on time, he decided to go and look for her and left his three
sons who were asleep at home. Unfortunately, he locked them inside the
house, hoping to come back on time.
Not long after he left the house, neighbors started shouting “Fire,
Fire” and running to his house. Before they could break open the door,
the boys had burnt to death.
Preliminary investigation by the police concluded that the fire incident
was caused by a lit candle, but residents of the area held the contrary
view that the fire was a mystery.
One of the neighbours of the family, who gave her name simply as
Josephine, said nobody could explain how the fire started because it
burnt the two rooms of the landlord before consuming the house of the
Udohs. According to her, the fire was so intense that before people
could rescue the children, they had been burnt to death. However, she
noted that the children might have been able to escape if the door was
not locked from outside.
The mother of the boys has remained inconsolable since the incident
happened. When she was visited at her new apartment, she couldn’t speak
A relative of the Udoh’s, Victoria Dominic also narrated the sad
incident. She also believes that the fire incident was mysterious.
“On Thursday around 8 pm, her husband was in the house, she sells bean
cake and akamu. She went out to buy some ingredients and collect her
phone from where she used to charge it because she does not want to use
lantern or candle because of the kerosene in the house. From there the
husband went to check their first daughter who was sent to buy drugs. It
was from there they heard shouts of fire and when they got to the
house and open the door, the three boys inside had been roasted to
death. There was no way to rescue them. They are in a terrible state and
they are in need of help. They have nothing left. The husband’s
motorcycle is gone, and all their life savings are gone too. The
Apostolic church where we are worshiping has been helping but people
need to come to their assistance and provide the capital they need to
start their business again. People are donating clothes to them. We
appeal to the state government and well meaning Bayelsans to come to
their aid,” she said.
The corpses of the dead sons were initially deposited at the mortuary of
the Federal Medical Centre for autopsy and further investigations but
the bodies were later released to the family for burial.