By Ikeugonna Eleke
Members of the vigilante service in Adazi-Nnukwu, a community in the Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, have rescued a year old boy alleged to have been lost in a forest in the area.
The boy was allegedly picked by the chairman of the service in the community, Mr Frank Okonkwo, in the midnight while on duty.
Fides gathered that that the child whose name could not be ascertained as at press time was found in a forest opposite Holy Trinity House, Adazi-Nnukwu.
A source said, ‘I wonder who could have brought this young child into such forest. I suspect ritualists. They might have used him for rituals. I don’t think it was just a case of child abandonment.
‘This is political period; anything is possible. That’s why everybody should be careful and watchful,’ the source stated.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the story.
He said, ‘The vigilante chairman attached to Adazi-Nnukwu Town, One Frank Okonkwo, brought to Neni Division a male child of about one year old alleged to have been abandoned in the bush opposite Holy Trinity House, Adazi -Nnukwu.
‘The Baby is dark in complexion and without a tribal mark. Effort is ongoing to trace his biological parents in order to reunite him with the family.’
Mohammed enjoined members of the public with useful information that could help trace the parents of the child to report at Neni Division or call a designated telephone line.