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Regional News of Saturday, 9 January 2021

Source: Punch

Imo: Missing five-year-old boy found dead

A five-year-old boy whose whereabouts were unknown had been found dead at Ishiuzor, Egbu, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The boy, according to a source who preferred not to be mentioned, was found dead at a compound in the neighbourhood where he was sent to buy sachet water.

The source said, “The five-year-old boy was sent to buy sachet water at a particular compound in the neighborhood. The boy never came back. A search party was launched for the boy and he was never found till after five days.

“His corpse was eventually found on the fifth day at the same compound where he was sent to buy sachet water. The development was strange and it marvelled everybody in the neighbourhood. It caused serious tension because nobody suspected the worst.”

The police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the death of the child when our correspondent contacted him on Saturday.

Ikeokwu, also disclosed that the couple who sell provisions at the compound where the boy was found dead had been arrested and the matter transferred to the state police command in Owerri, the state capital.

According to him, investigations had commenced with a view to unraveling the cause of death.

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