A 2 year old boy has been rescued by the Officials of the Gender Based Violence Response Team of the Vicar Hope Foundation, Umuahia after being locked up in an uncompleted building at Zone 5, Agbama Housing Estate, Umuahia, Abia State capital.
The Programme Manager, Vicar Hope Foundation, Mr Raymond Ukwa, who confirmed the incident, said that the organisation received a call on Saturday, April 25, from landlords in the area that a child had been locked up in an uncompleted building. The foundation then reported the case to the Umuahia Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr Ekeinde Odion, who detailed officers to break into the building and rescue the child.
The neighbours revealed that the child’s parents were in the habit of locking him up for days without food or water, adding that they sometime pass food through a crack in the wall of the building to him.
The child was found to be suffering from exhaustion,dehydration and malnourishment and has been taken to a safe place while relevant authorities had commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding his abandonment in the uncompleted building.