Residents of Orogwe, in Owerri West local government area of Imo State on Sunday woke up to discover a baby of about eight months abandoned in an uncompleted building by yet to be identified person(s).
The baby boy’s incessant loud cries alerted a resident, Mr Promise Nwaokorie who alongside an Owerri based Journalist, Daniel Opara got other residents to bathe and fed the child who already looked hungry.
They however took the baby to the Ogbaku Divisional Police headquarters, where arrangement is in top gear to transfer him to a motherless babies home where he will be given adequate care.
Mr Daniel Opara said the baby was discovered with a bag containing his clothes, a stainless basin and a small blue bucket inside the uncompleted building.
Opara said: “A neighbour found the boy when he heard him crying. He called me and some neighbours and we went to pick up the baby from an uncompleted building near the secondary school in Orogwe.
“From what we saw, the boy looked so malnourished. I think he was left there during the night, and may have been abandoned out of hunger because when he was taken to be fed, he ate like someone who hasn’t eaten for days and when he was fed, he started playing and crawling happily. We just thank God that nothing happened to him”.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Orlando Ikeokwu confirmed the development even as he maintained that investigation has commenced to unmask the mystery surrounding the identity of the child.