A two-year-old boy, Chijindu Felix, goes missing during a church service at the Immaculate Heart parish, Umuagwo, in the Ohaji local government area of Imo state.
The father of the missing boy, Stanley Felix, stated that the boy went to church with his elder sister, Chima, on Sunday, December 18, when he went missing during the first mass.
He said: “she said she later saw him playing around the statue in the church. Unknown to her, somebody had picked him from the back of the statue because the statue has a low fence. The boy couldn’t have climbed the fence and jumped out; so we believe somebody picked him. This happened during the first mass of the church.”
He further added that the case was reported at the Umuagwo police station and a lot of money was spent in search of the boy but all efforts proved abortive.
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The police public relations officer, Enwerrem Andrew, expressed that the incident was a case of stolen child because no ransom has been proposed.
He said: “It is a case of child stealing. Since nobody has called for ransom, it is not kidnapping. The child was trailed and stolen. The family left the child alone and he got missing in the crowd. Investigations are ongoing.”
We pray for Chijindu's safe return home.