Little Desmond, who was taken in by his guardian, Joy Odufo, in February, after the death of his mother, went missing about 6.30pm on Wednesday, June 28.

This attracted pity from some residents who assisted in searching for him.

Odufo, who is Desmond’s aunt, said the matter was reported at the Ushaffa police station, but nothing was done.

She said the boy was later found dead in a septic tank, at an uncompleted building, near her store, on June 29.

A neighbour, Ikenna Ojobor,  however, alleged that the boy’s guardians must have been careless.

Ojobor claims most residents were fond of him because he was an adorable and playful kid, though he could be a little unruly.

“From what I know about Desmond, he was very likable; I only blame his guardians for failing to take proper care of him.

“The death of the young boy was felt by all. This is a lesson for other parents; it is the negligence of Desmond’s guardians that led to his death", Ojobor said.

A community leader, Sumaila Sabo, advised that Desmond’s remains be buried where it was found since the cause of death remains unknown.

Police officials have taken the remains to a mortuary where an autopsy would be conducted while investigation is ongoing to ascertain the time and cause of death.