Troops of the 24 Support Engineer Regiment, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, have rescued a child abandoned in a house suspected to be a shrine while on a search of a missing soldier.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the malnourished child whose identity, parents and locality are yet to be ascertained was rescued by the soldiers during the search for their colleague, L/Cpl Oluwabukunmi Fadoju, who got missing on September 17, 2018.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said that when the troops arrived in Onunwakpu in Izzi local government area of the state on November 16, 2018, they found the victim locked in the house.
The source said that the child sat on a charm and was picking leaves from ground to eat. Shocked by the development, the troops entered the house but found only the child.
According to him, the soldiers brought out the child and burnt the charms, before taking him to Medical Reception Station for treatment.
It was gathered that the troops later handed the child over to the state government to enable it unravel the circumstances surrounding the child being kept in the shrine and the perpetrators of the act.
When contacted, the Commander, Nkwagu Military Cantonment, Lt-Col. Sadiq, said that the rescue of the child was part of the military’s efforts at rescuing victims held hostage by their captives.
He said that his men were still searching for the missing soldier.
The state police public relations officer, ASP Loveth Odah, said that the command was unaware of the matter and promised that the command would collaborate with the military to get the details on the matter.