Police in Anambra say they have picked up an 11-year-old boy who was trekking from the state to his home state, Ebonyi.
The command’s spokesperson Haruna Mohammed said in a statement on Thursday that the boy simply identified as Gabriel was picked up in Awka by a police patrol team.
Mr Mohammed said the boy had trekked from Nnewi to Awka, a distance of around 39 kilometres, before he was intercepted by police personnel on duty at the UNIZIK junction in Awka.
“On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, around 6.30pm, a police patrol team attached to the 29 PMF, Awka, while on patrol along the UNIZIK junction, found a male child of about 11 years old, who gave his name as Gabriel. He is about three feet tall, dark in complexion and speaks Igbo language fluently,” he said.
The boy is now in the protective care of the ‘B’ Division’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit in Awka pending when his parents or guardians are identified, he said.
The spokesperson said anyone with useful information about the boy’s guardians should contact the police.