There was pandemonium in Gwaram town, headquarters of Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State as residents woke up to find the corpses of five children on a street.
Reports from the area revealed that the five dead children were between 10 and 13 years old and from two families. The corpses were found on the street by some people from a mosque after their morning prayers.
Contacted, the Jigawa Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the incident, saying: “We received reports from our Gwaram division that five corpses were discovered on the street of Gwaram this morning. Our men rushed to the scene and picked the corpses to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, for postmortem and as I’m talking to you, there is no report on what led to their death.”
Jinjiri said the kids were Almajirai, Islamic pupils, who were found by the residents around 5 a.m by the roadside near some residential houses, adding that the police as of now are treating the case as that of natural death but would brief the press on the outcome of the test from the hospital.
Police arrest three
He confirmed that the police had arrested three people for questioning and gave the names of the deceased as Basiru Malam Inusa,12; Mansur Malam Inusa, 12; Rabi’u Abubakar, 13; Buhari Abubakar,10 and Bashir Inusa,11.
Meanwhile, a resident of the area who prefers anonymity told our reporter: “Their death might not be unconnected with something they ate in the night since all of them were almajirai residing in one of the houses at the old Gwaram town.”