Ten dogs reared by the owner of Global Growth Academy, Amokpo, Umuanunwa, Nteje, in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State have devoured a 2-year-old child to death.
The dogs belonged to Chinedu Oka, fondly called Chinedu Okaa London, who recently returned from the UK.
Narrating the incident, an indigene said, “A parent took the child to the school for enrollment on Monday when the incident happened. The owner of the school rears dogs in the school premises, despite the community’s warning against it.
“While the parent of the child was perfecting the documentation and registration of the child, the child wandered off.
“On sighting the baby, the dogs rushed at him and dragged him into their pen where about 10 of them devoured the two-year-old boy without any school official on hand to rescue him.
“The Nteje community, where the incident happened, culturally prohibits rearing of dogs. It’s a taboo to rear dogs here. The UK returnee was warned, but he refused to adhere to the community’s instructions.”
After the incident, vigilante operatives reportedly invaded the school compound and shot the dogs dead.
The traditional ruler of Nteje, Igwe Rowland Odegbo, confirmed the incident, saying Chinedu Okaa London knew that Nteje community forbids dogs, but went ahead to rear them after series of warnings.
According to Igwe Roland, “The young man knows that we don’t accommodate dogs in our community and he went ahead to surround himself with dogs despite warning from the community.
“To us, the young man committed murder and it is an abomination in our community to kill someone.
“We have handed him over to the appropriate authorities and we will make sure that justice is served because we don’t condone evil.
The school has since been deserted following the tragic incident as parents hurriedly withdrew their children and wards.
The Anambra state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident, and said the situation is now under control.