A missing five-year-old boy, Desmond Rabome, has been found dead in a septic tank in an uncompleted building in Ushaffa community, Bwari Area Council, Abuja.Little Desmond, who was taken in by his paternal aunt, Mrs. Joy Odufo, in February, after the death of his mother, reportedly went missing about 6.30pm on Wednesday, June 28.
This attracted pity from some residents who assisted in searching for him.
Mrs. Odufo, who is Desmond’s father’s elder sister, said the matter was reported at the Ushaffa police station, but nothing was done.She told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday that the boy was later found dead in a septic tank, at an uncompleted building, near her store.
A neighbour, Mr. Ikenna Ojobor, however, alleged carelessness on the part of the boy’s guardians. Ojobor said most residents were fond of him because he was an adorable and playful kid, though he could be a little unruly.
“From what I know about Desmond, he was very likable; I only blame his guardians for failing to take proper care of him". The death of the young boy was felt by all. This is a lesson for other parents; it is the negligence of Desmond’s guardians that led to his death", Ojobor said.
A community leader, Mr. Sumaila Sabo, advised that Desmond’s remains be buried where it was found since the cause of death was unknown.