Eleazar Ishiya, a four-year-old boy who was initially reported missing, was discovered dead behind a manhole in Abuja’s Jabi neighborhood with his tongue, genitalia, eyes, and anus severed.
The late Eleazar was reported missing on March 3 at Filin Ball, Jabi Daki Biyu, according to family sources who talked with DailyTrust. His body was found three days later.
Joel Joseph, a witness who was present when Eleazar’s body was discovered in the manhole, reported:
“When we saw his body inside the manhole, his grandmother attempted to jump inside but I took hold of her and pushed her away. I jumped inside the pit where I found the body already rotten. His tongue, anus and genitals were chopped off while his eyes were also plucked out. It’s apparent that his killers are rituals and they might have dumped him inside the pit in the night.’’
The victim, who was described by his mother, Precious Ishaya, as “smart” was a nursery one pupil and was the only child of the family.
“On that fateful Friday, Eleazar was about to be bathed. He took a N10 note to buy sweets from a neighbourhood shop and went missing. I am not disturbed by his death, rather how horribly he was tortured to death. I rest my case to God. I don’t know the perpetrators because I am not a spiritual-eyed being. The boy’s blood can infiltrate his heartless killer(s) because he is innocent. They should consider themselves as dead already. I could not muster courage to see his defaced body; it was later that I managed to see his body in pictures.’’
The FCT Police Command is yet to comment on the incident.