Tragedy struck on Wednesday as two pupils were killed while two others sustained serious injuries after an overhead water tank fell inside their classroom in Royal Kings Foundation nursery and primary school, Nkpor-Agu in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State.
According to findings, the victims, three boys and a girl were immediately rushed to the hospital where two of them, aged 2 and 3, were confirmed dead.
Spokesperson of the state police command, SP Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said that the tank of about 800 gallons capacity filled with water reportedly fell from its high stand from a neighbouring house adjacent to the school on the roof of the pre-nursery class and directly into the classroom.
“At about 11:15am, an overhead Tank filled with water fell into a classroom of Royal Kings Foundation nursery and primary school Nkpor-Agu in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State,” the statement reads.
“Police patrol team led by DPO Ogidi Division CSP Mark Ijarafu rushed to the scene. On arrival it was discovered that the overhead tank of about 800 gallons capacity filled with water fell from its high stand from a neighbouring house adjacent to the school on the roof of the pre-nursery class and directly into the classroom.
As a result, four children sustained varying degrees of injuries and were rushed to Idemili hospital Nkpor for medical attention. Unfortunately, two of the children namely, Wisdom Ezewudo ‘m’ aged about 3years and a female pupil of about 2years, whose identity is yet to be ascertained were confirmed dead on arrival by a medical doctor.
Two others namely Chimelumeze Obelenwa ‘m’ aged One year seven months and Kosisochukwu Anthony ‘m’ aged One year ten months are responding to treatment.” he added.
Mohammed disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, John Abang had already commiserated with parents of the victims and also ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.
“The Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang, fdc has commiserate with parents of the victims and ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident”