September 26, 2021

Teenager slumps in Jos after 7 days without food

Godfrey Santhus, 11, found unconscious a

A Central Nigerian teenager, Thursday slumped in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, likely due to excessive hunger, after staying seven days without food.

Godfrey Santhus, 11, was, last week Wednesday, taken to Jos from his home village, Shisheri, in Langtang North Local Government Area, by his now vanished elder brother, with a promise to be taken to his divorced mother in Abuja.

Vigilante officials says they found him unconscious in a hidden veranda, at about midnight on Wednesday 15th April, 2020, when State Officials relaxed the lockdown.

Homeless, Godfrey roamed helplessly from one unfamiliar street to another, feeding mostly on discarded food remnants in waste bins.

“The streets were dry and I didn’t see anyone to beg for food,” said Godfrey in Hausa.

He was according to a vigilante officials found unconscious in a hidden veranda, at about midnight on Wednesday 15th April, 2020, when State Officials relaxed the lockdown.

Godfrey was rushed to a Government hospital in Dadin Kowa and placed on life support machine and drips until Friday morning when he regained consciousness.

With his father also on admission in an unknown hospital in Jos, the likely school dropout might have no one to foot his bills.

Currently, only vigilante officials have been feeding him in the hospital, but no commitment has been made regarding the medical bills.

State government officials have however been notified of the boy’s plight.