Two drowned teenage brothers washed up on Afikpo beach

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By Ruth Oginyi

Remains of two teenage siblings, Emmanuel and Christopher Chiaha who drowned during a secret swimming expedition, have been found washed up on the Ndiebe Beach, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state.

Orient Weekend gathered that the two brothers, aged 17 and 13, left their house on Sunday, February 2 around 3pm pretending to be going for a jog. They, rather, headed for the river from where they never returned. Hours after they were declared missing and a search party raised, their remains were found.

“Circumstances surrounding their death are still unknown as there was no mark of injury on their body but the incident has been reported to the police”, a family source disclosed.

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Police public relations officer Ebonyi state command, DSP Loveth Odah, when contacted, confirmed the report. She said the police were investigating the matter but expressed worry over the incident.

According to Odah, “Yes, on 2nd of February, Afikpo North Division reported that at about 10.30pm, one Augustine Madabuchi Chiaha reported of sudden and unnatural death where two of his sons: Emmanuel Chigozie Chiaha, 17 years old and  Christopher Madabuchi Chiaha 13 years old got drowned where they allegedly went to swim at Ndiebe beach in Afikpo about 3 pm after leaving the house on the pretext that they were going to jog “.

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“Police visited the beach and their corpses [were] deposited at the mortuary. Afikpo North is investigating but there is no mark of violence found on their body. I don’t know how they got drowned. We are still investigating,” she added.

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