A young man and his heavily pregnant wife have lost their lives in a ghastly accident on their way back from shopping for the new baby.
According to another family friend identified as Onyebuchi, the couple had gone to Aba to shop for their new baby and on their way back, they met a friend who was driving to Umuahia in a Honda Pilot SUV Jeep and they joined him for the ill-fated journey of no return.
This is the heartbreaking account as told by Onyebuchi on the demise of the couple:
"I was the Master of Ceremonies when Chiemela Ihemanma and his wife wedded some eight years ago in Umuahia. They gave me that honour. I have special love for the Ihemanma family.
When I had my accident in Abuja in 2003, they were there for me. Ezii Ezii Ihemanma and her elder sister Nwamara, together with Uche were very kind to me as I lay in the hospital.
Their parents, Chief (Sir) and Lady Simeon Ihemanma, have special love for me. Their last son, Chikaodi Ihemanma, like me, had survived a terrible accident that almost claimed his life some few years back. We thought it was over with accidents. Then yesterday, tragedy struck!
Chiemela Ihemanma and his wife had gone to Aba from Umuahia to shop for for maternity stuff. The wife was heavy with a child. She was due in a few months.
Shopping over, they stood at the express way to take a bus back to Umuahia. Then they saw a friend driving from PH and joined them to Umuahia. On the way, a terrible accident happened. All three of them died instantly. Crushed to death.
The friend who was driving, Chiemela and his pregnant wife. They left three little kids behind. How is one supposed to explain this?
My Fathers Day was spent in tears. I wept throughout the church service as I stared endlessly into the ceiling wondering what this life really means.
How could Chiemela, an extremely calm and good natured guy go this way? Why would a young wife, heavy with child die such a tragic death? The tears simply refuse to go. I wept like a little child today. I still weep."
"I weep for Sir Ihemanma and his wife, Lady Vine. A wonderful couple who have spent their lives in public service and invested all they had to train their children.
Now that they will relax in their old age and enjoy the company of their children and grand children, this kind of tragedy strikes them.
I weep for Uche, my brother, my friend, my classmate and colleague. Chiemela was his immediate elder brother. How is one supposed to offer his sympathies in this kind of situation?"
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