Three children of police officers have drowned in an open pit filled with floodwater at Eket Divisional Police barracks in Akwa Ibom state.

The Nation gathered the children, aged between 5 and 10, had gone to play in the open pit at about 5 pm on Tuesday when the tragic incident occurred.

Two of the children, it was learned, belonged to the same parents, an inspector, while another belonged to a police officer whose names could not be confirmed in the press.

At about 8.30 am on Wednesday, our correspondent who visited the police barracks noted that carpenters were working to barricade the pit with plywood.

The pit was dug to collect floodwater in the barracks after rains, said a source who pleaded anonymity.

As sympathizers assembled, the mother of one of the deceased children cried uncontrollably, even as none of the bereaved parents offered to talk about the incident.

However, in the Eket Divisional Police Headquarters barrack, one of the supporters said it was a sad day for the families of the deceased children and the police community.

“As three children from two families drowned inside the police barracks, they really need our prayers and support,” the source said.

At about 5 pm on Tuesday evening, the victims went to play in the pit and the parents came to find out that their children were drowned in the pit.