45 Days After: Boy, 1, Still Missing in Abakaliki

It has been 45 days of grief and unbelief for Mr. and Mrs. Oyoke Silas, a native of Igwemini of Okposi-Umuoghara in Ezza North LGA, Ebonyi State since their one year 2 months old suckling baby boy, little Master Esomchi was abducted today by suspected kidnapper who identified his name simply as Okechukwu, and claimed to be a native of Osiegbe in Ezza North LGA of the same state.

Narrating the ugly incident, the victim’s father, Mr. Oyoke Silas who lives at No.3 Gambo Street Ogbe Hausa, told Citizens’ Advocate that on the fateful evening of Friday 29th September, 2019, that he was outside sitting beside his wife’s shop when a black, short and skinny young man gently approached him and politely introduced himself as Mr. Okechukwu, a native of Oshiegbe in Ezza North Local Government Area.

According to him, the alleged kidnapper requested for his help to locate where in town he could buy garri in large quantity to take to Port Harcourt for retails which he confided on Mr. Oyoke.

In his narration, he took the alleged kidnapper to Mgbago Ugwu where he planned to buy the garri in large quantity, therefore, they picked from the bags after tasting them but the accused kidnapper demanded to make some withdrawal to ease him make his payment which they left for the nearest commercial bank but he stopped at the bank’s gate when he went inside and came back with some undisclosed amount of money.

He said that the alleged kidnapper, after making the withdrawal came back and appealed that the family should allow him sleep in their room till the next day which he would go for the trade, the family accepted him while Mr. Oyoke informed Mr. Okechukwu that buying from the local market would be the best which on enquiries they learnt Nkwo Garri Market would be on Monday.

“After tasting different garri and pricing them, he requested I accompany him to make withdrawal at Access Bank which we spent little time, then, I was outside urinating when he went inside and came out, and he told me that he withdrew N40,000.”

“I advised him to go to the Nkwo garri market since he was buying in large quantity which after enquiry somebody told me it would trade on Monday. From that Friday, we housed him till Monday when I appealed to my wife to accompany him for them to be able to make good purchase.”

“Few days after he left Abakaliki, he returned back on Thursday that the garri had finished and he needs to buy red oil, we still welcomed him and on Sunday while my wife was in the kitchen and I in the shop, one of my daughters, Chinecherem was with the baby where they were playing sand.”

“It was learnt later that he met the girl and told her he wants to buy biscuit for the little boy, while he went to buy the biscuit for the boy, he made away with him.”

“At a point, my wife came out and said to me that her breast was dropping milk, that Esomchi would need to suck, lo and behold, Chinecherem told me that the brother said he wanted to buy biscuit with the child but he escaped with the child and I quickly embarked on search party to all areas but they were nowhere to be found until evening when they reported to Eke-Aba Police Station and until now nothing has been heard about them.

Speaking with the mother of the child who spoke to us in tears, she begged whoever is in possession of the child to return him as she is in pain since the child went missing.

Mrs. patience Oyoke, appealed to concerned individuals to come to the family aid as they have exhausted their strength since the child got missing and called whoever with useful information that would help track the abductor whom he said gave false information about his place of nativity to call:08165075729, 07033289465

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