By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
Head of Department, Child Development in Ebonyi state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Godwin Igwe has called on the relatives of a 12 year old boy, Emmanuel Ifuke Nwancho suspected to have been displaced by communal crises for collection.
Mr. Igwe told newsmen recently in Abakaliki that the child was picked up by a good Samaritan while he was roaming within Mile 50 axis and then took him to Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious and Welfare Matters, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali .
Having discovered that the boy has health challenge associated with complete loss of memory, he was referred to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
Mr. Igwe said that the boy’s problem had been a major challenge to his office considering the fact that Master Emmanuel could not consistently introduce himself or identify exactly where he comes from and as a result appealed that people with convincing information about him should hurry to the ministry for collection.
He told Citizens’ Advocate that during a certain period when the boy’s system seemed to have normalized, the ministry interrogated him and during the interrogation he mentioned Unity Primary School, Ngangbo Onwele in Ikwo LGA, an indication, according to Mr. Igwe that the victim might have come from a war torn area and since then he had been shuttling Presco Junction and Pastoral Center where he has been feeding through people’s assistance.
He said, “The boy’s condition appears to have subjected him to loss of memory, this is the reason why he is not consistent in his speeches but I am guessing that perhaps, he is either Ikwo or Izzi indigene”
HOD further disclosed that the child would be taken for psychiatric test to enable the ministry ascertain his mental status while he calls on members of the public to always bring such displaced children to the ministry so that they would not fall into wrong hands adding that graphic evidence must be seen from whoever that might come for master Emmanuel before handing him over.