In a deeply distressing incident that has stirred shock and sadness among residents, a newborn baby was found abandoned and lifeless at the bustling Ikot-Ishie market in Cross River State. The local community was left reeling as news of the tragic discovery spread like wildfire.
Responding to the urgent distress call, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem, the esteemed Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, exhibited swift and compassionate action. Alongside Dr. Helen Agan Isamoh, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, they rushed to the scene in an attempt to rescue the helpless infant.
Upon arrival, Speaker Ayambem and Dr. Isamoh were met with a heart-wrenching sight – a one-day-old baby, abandoned and unclothed, lying lifeless on the road. The gravity of the situation was not lost on them, as they expressed their sorrow and dismay at the ungodly act that had led to this tragic loss of life.
The Speaker, visibly moved by the incident, shared his sentiments, saying, “This heartbreaking incident is a stark reminder of our collective responsibility to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. No child deserves such a tragic fate.” His words echoed the sentiment felt by many, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding the innocent and defenseless.
In a resounding call to action, Speaker Ayambem urged the citizens of Cross River to remain vigilant and security-conscious, emphasizing the need to report any such crimes to the relevant authorities. He reassured the public that his phone lines are always open to distress calls, urging them not to hesitate to reach out to him in times of crisis.
Moreover, the Speaker directed his attention to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, urging them to redouble their efforts in safeguarding the vulnerable members of society. He underscored the necessity of comprehensive protection and care for those who are most at risk.
In an act of profound humanity, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem tenderly wrapped the lifeless infant in a blanket and placed the tiny body in the trunk of his personal vehicle. With a heavy heart, he made his way to a nearby police station at the state housing area of Calabar, where he formally registered the case and handed over the baby’s remains to the Nigerian Police.
The tragic incident has ignited a flurry of discussions and reactions across the community, prompting many to reflect on the responsibilities we share as a society. As the news reverberates through the state, it serves as a somber reminder of the urgent need for collective action to protect the most vulnerable among us.
The heartfelt response of Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem serves as a poignant reminder that even in the face of tragedy, compassion and swift action can make a meaningful difference. The memory of the abandoned newborn will undoubtedly spark renewed efforts to ensure that no child is left unprotected or without care.