2 children dumped in fish pond in Bauchi

Two children were found dumped in a fish pond along Dumi road, close to Railway quarters in the Bauchi metropolis yesterday. 
Our correspondent learnt that only one of the male children aged between three and four years could not survive before they could be rescued. The survivor was however rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi, where he is currently receiving treatment. 
Eyewitness accounts said two unidentified women and a man who rode on a tricycle popularly known as ‘KeKe NAPEP’ threw the two children inside the fish pond and fled. 
A villager who works in a farm close to the fish pond told newsmen that he and others saw two women alight from the ‘Keke NAPEP’ while the man who rode the tricycle waited for them to dump the children in the pond. According to the eyewitness, “immediately after they went down from the ‘Keke NAPEP’, the two women threw something inside the fish pond and hurriedly rejoined the tricycle and left.
“We were working at the other side of the fish pond because it is a big. But before we could get to the fish pond, the three people had disappeared and to our surprise when we looked inside the fish pond, we saw two small kids struggling to survive.

“So, we immediately called for help. When other villagers came, we were able to rescue the two children but unfortunately one died before getting to the hospital while the other boy is receiving treatment at ATBTH”, the farm worker said.

The Bauchi Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Hassan Muhammad Auyo, said he was not aware of the incident, but promised to “look into the matter”.

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