The police said two of the children were fathered by the suspect and the third child was his step-daughter.
The police said the children were left in the custody of the suspect on January 4 by their mother, who left for the market.
Daniel Ndukwe, Enugu police spokesperson, in a statement on Wednesday, said during a search for the children, they were found in the fridge with bruises.
“Police operatives attached to Enugu Metro Area Command of Enugu State Police Command, on 04/01/2022 at about 1930hrs, arrested one male suspect, Ifeanyi Amadikwa, aged 52, of 74, Nkwubor Road, Emene, Enugu, for allegedly murdering and dumping in a spoilt deep freezer, his three (3) female tender children namely: Chidalum Amadikwa aged 11 (who is his step-daughter), Amarachi Amadikwa, aged 8 and Ebubechukwu Amadikwa, aged 4,” the statement reads.
“Preliminary investigation showed that the suspect’s wife and mother of the children went to the market with her only male child, leaving the others in the suspect’s custody.
“She, however, came back in the evening hours of 04/01/2022 and could not find any of the children. But while searching for them, the suspect drew her attention to the said fridge he had brought back home from his shop on 02/01/2022 and kept in their apartment’s veranda.
“And on a closer observation, the lifeless bodies of the children were found in the fridge with bruises, suggesting that they may have been murdered and dumped in the fridge.
“Meanwhile, the lifeless bodies of the children were immediately moved to the hospital, where they were confirmed dead by medical doctors on duty, and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.
“To this end, the commissioner of police, CP Abubakar Lawal, fdc, while commiserating with the mother, relatives and friends of the deceased children, has assured commitment to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure that justice prevails.
“In view of this, he has ordered the deputy commissioner in-charge of the state criminal intelligence and investigation department to carry out a conclusive investigation of the case and ensure everyone found culpable is brought to book.”