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Tragedy struck in Benin City, the capital of Edo State yesterday when a six-year-old girl, simply identified as, Miss Erenmwon fell into a septic tank and got drowned.
The incident took place at Osaretin Street, Off Murtala Muhammed Way, Benin City.

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Narrating the incident, one of the occupants of the building who pleaded anonymity said the late Erenmwon was given N10.00 to go and  buy biscuit, and on her way to a neighbourhood shop, she fell into an exposed  septic tank.

It was learnt that when Erenmwon’s dad discovered her daughter fell into the septic tank, he went to search for a ladder with which to climb into the pit so as to rescue her daughter, but it was too late as the girl had drowned.

THISDAY gathered that when the men of the Nigeria Police Force arrived the scene of the incident, they arrested the landlord of the house to go and explain why the septic tank was uncovered, thus posing serious danger to inhabitants of the nighbourhood..

In a related development, residents of Idunowina community were thrown into mourning early hours of Sunday, December 2, 2012, when a middle aged  woman, Mrs. Grace Ogiesoba was allegedly shot dead by soldiers who invaded the community.

Explaining the incident, the husband to the deceased, Mr. Clifford Ogiesoba, said unknown to him, some security personnel and soldiers suspected to be men of the State Security Service [SSS], had stormed the Idunowina community in search of some fleeing criminals.

Clifford said, he was driving out of his house when he heard voices from the bush telling him to stop, but he refused to do so as he thought they were  armed robbers and drove on and suddenly, there was sporadic gunshots on his car with registration number EDO-DA-9603N. One or more of the bullets  hit the woman which led to her death.
According to him, “the security agencies used their guns to spray bullets all over the body of my vehicle and killed my wife”.

Other members of the community, who spoke on their experience, said the soldiers were shooting and threatening to kill anybody that came close to them. Scared of more attacks, the community has been deserted by the people.

When contacted, the Acting State Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Hurdi, confirmed the incident, but said he was yet to be properly briefed on the matter.
He said, some policemen in Ekihadolor police division, with the aid of inhabitants of Idunowina community had arrested two persons whom he said are assisting the police in their  investigation.


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