Abia State Police Command has launched investigation into the killing of three children at the Hall of Harvest Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) located at No 103 Omuma Road, Aba.
A female learner driving a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) had on Sunday crushed the kids to death inside the premises of the church.
Three other children who escaped death are receiving treatment in the Emergency Ward of a hospital in the commercial city.
Pastor Joseph Ugboaja of the Hall of Harvest Parish, Abia Province 2, told newsmen on Wednesday that he was on an exchange programme in another parish of the church that black Sunday when he received news of the accident.
The pastor said he did not know exactly what happened but dismissed the claim that five children died in the accident.
“When I rushed to the scene, I learnt that a woman learning to drive had an SUV while going to church that Sunday.
“On trying to negotiate the bend where the church is, she lost control and with the speed she was driving, plunged into the premises where children were sitting and crushed three of them to death.
“Three other children sustained injuries and are now in the hospital. One had her arm broken and two were in critical conditions on Monday but they are now responding to treatment, although they are in pains.”
The pastor said that the church has been in touch with the families of the victims, stressing that they have been doing the best they could to handle the situation.
“There is no amount of words that can comfort them completely but our prayer is that God will comfort them and we pray that such a tragedy will not happen again in our parish.
“With the present development, the church authorities will assess the situation and know how to ensure the church moved out of the building,” News Express quoted him.
According to Ugboaja, two of the dead children were buried on Sunday and Monday while one was still in police custody in the mortuary because the father of the child was not at home.
Chima Monday, who witnessed the accident, said it happened around 9am, adding that the ash-coloured vehicle had brake failure and killed the three children on the spot.
Confirming the incident, Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffery Ogbonna, said the tragedy occurred during church service.
He added that the woman has been taken into custody while investigations were ongoing.