It has been a bleak period for the family of Silas Oyoke, who lost their 1year-old son to a stranger that the family sheltered.
According to information gathered by The Voice, the whereabouts of their son, Esomchi became unknown shortly after the stranger, simply identified as Okechukwu left their house on September 20, 2019.
Okechukwu had reportedly pleaded with the boy’s parents to accommodate him for a night before the incident happened. It was further revealed that Okechukwu was said to be a businessman based in Port Harcourt, who always comes to Ebonyi State to buy food items in large quantities for retail.
Esomchi’s father, Silas Oyoke, stated, “On September 20, 2019, somebody came to me and requested that I should help him. He said he wanted to buy garri in large quantity and I took him to the Meat Market along Gunning Road Abakaliki and left.
“Later that evening, I saw the man in my house. I said, ‘Why are you here again? Didn’t my wife say you would go from the market where you had gone to buy the garri? Why are you here again?’ He said he didn’t want to follow the 911 truck and that he would go the following morning, being Tuesday”, victim’s father narrated.”
Silas added that it was later that his wife started looking for their child and raised alarm.
“It was at that point that my little daughter said the man who spent the night in our house, asked Esomchi to accompany him to where he would buy biscuit for him.
“From there, we started running helter-skelter. I called the number that the man gave me, but he refused to pick the call for more than five hours. It happened around 2 pm and we started moving from park to park until around 11 pm.” he stated.
He revealed that the matter has been reported to Eke Aba police station, while pleading with members of the public to help them with any useful information which could lead to finding the 1year-old.