In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 06th, June, 2020

Mother and father, Residents Panic As 5 Youngsters Disappear In Lagos Neighborhood

Parents, Residents Panic As Five Kids Disappear In Lagos Community

Lagos community

Residents of Otto, Ebute-Metta space of Lagos State say kids are falling prey to alleged abduction in the neighborhood with at the very least 5 youngsters already lacking.

The youngsters are recognized as Dunmola Ogunjobi, 4; Aisha Taiwo 4; Daniel Samuel, three; Alimat Onikoyi, 4 and two-year-old Romanus.

The incident, which began June final 12 months, has created panic amongst dwellers whereas dad and mom of the victims languish in ache.

Current among the many circumstances was the sudden disappearance of Ogunjobi whereas she was enjoying together with her buddies final Tuesday in entrance of her dad and mom’ residence on Akinlolu Avenue, Otto.

“Round 12pm that day (Could 26, 2020), I used to be plating my mom’s hair exterior whereas my daughter and her friends had been additionally enjoying. I backed the playground however she referred to as me often and I checked out her to substantiate she was nice,”
Ogunjobi’s mom, Aminat, recalled.

All was properly till some minutes afterwards when she observed her daughter’s voice was now not audible.

A search was carried out with the hope that the little woman was someplace throughout the neighborhood. Because the day wore on with none clue on her whereabouts, the neighbourhood was thrown into nervousness.

“After we seemed round and couldn’t discover her, we went to Iponri, Denton, Ijora and Alakara police stations to report,”
Aminat said grimly, including that she had but to get any details about her child.

About six weeks earlier, four-year-old Taiwo of Otto Bridge Highway – about 500 metres from Akinlolu Avenue – had additionally gone lacking whereas enjoying round together with her buddies.

Her mom, Zainab Ademola, had visited a close-by Automated Teller Machine gallery to withdraw cash, leaving her together with her playmates.

Ademola defined, “The incident occurred on February 16. I went out to withdraw cash that day. My daughter and her good friend, Success, had been with my grandma exterior. I used to be on the ATM level after I received a name that Aisha (Taiwo) was lacking. I learnt she, Success and one different baby had been enjoying across the neighborhood however she didn’t return dwelling.

“We requested her buddies what occurred however they might not say something. It was later within the day that Success mentioned a girl went away with Aisha. We went to Iponri and Denton police stations to report the case.”

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Since then, life has not remained the identical for Ademola and her husband, Yusuf Taiwo, because the thought over their solely baby’s whereabouts weakens their minds every day.

“I discover it exhausting to manage with out my baby. I pray day by day that God ought to reunite her with us,”
the distressed mom mentioned amid grim appears.

“She was enjoying exterior when she was kidnapped. We searched in every single place and reported to the police at Iponri and Alakara divisions,” Yusuf informed our correspondent.

“There was a day a girl was arrested for trying to abduct a toddler in the neighborhood. She was overwhelmed up and brought to Denton Police Station. My spouse went there to ask the girl if she knew about our daughter’s whereabouts. Police accused her that she mobilised a mob to assault the girl. They detained her from 1pm until 11pm and picked up N25,000 earlier than she was launched,” he mentioned.

On Friday, January 24, the family of a vulcaniser operator, Oriyomi Onikoyi of Jones Avenue in Otto Ilogbo Extension, was alive and effervescent.

Earlier that day, the 43-year-old man had heartily welcomed a grandchild from her first daughter. However by night, the enjoyment light into skinny air as his final baby, Alimat, all of a sudden disappeared.

He mentioned, “She was kidnapped in entrance of our compound. I got here again from work round 8pm that day and I gave her the snack I purchased for her. We had been all rejoicing as a result of my first daughter simply gave start that day.

“Whereas Alimat was together with her buddies enjoying exterior, there was energy outage. I got here exterior about two minutes after however didn’t see her. I reported at completely different police stations, together with Ikeja division.

“We had been knowledgeable woman was present in Ketu Police Station. We went there however the woman shouldn’t be my baby. Individuals maintain assuring me that I’ll discover her. I’ve not been myself since she went lacking. My spouse has grow to be lean; she cries day by day.”

One other dad or mum, Okoroafo Samuel, mentioned he was getting back from work on June 19, 2019 when he was confronted with the unhappy information that his three-year-old son, Daniel, had been kidnapped. He said that each one efforts to search out the boy proved abortive.

“Daniel was two years and eight months when he was kidnapped. I left dwelling round 5.30pm to hustle. I used to be returning round 9pm when a neighbour met me on the highway and mentioned they had been searching for Daniel.

“My spouse informed me she was washing plates within the kitchen with Daniel beside her. After washing the plates, she went to throw the soiled water contained in the gutter. By the point she got here again, she couldn’t discover him once more. The kitchen is in on the corridors of our compound. We reported the case on the Iponri Police Station and went to completely different orphanages to search for him,” the daddy recounted.

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About one 12 months after, each different day brings trauma and fantasy for him and his spouse because the household endlessly longs for a reunion. With all avenues explored with out success, the couple now depends upon God to intervene.

“I take into consideration my son day by day. At any time when I’m on the highway, I at all times assume I’d see him strolling round and I’d simply decide him. I hope sooner or later God will reunite him with us.

“I’ve heard plenty of tales; I used to be informed of oldsters who discovered their lacking kids 5 years after. I imagine I can even see Daniel sooner or later. I’ve been residing in Otto for 19 years,” Samuel said.

Our correspondent learnt that the dad and mom of one other lacking boy, Romanus, relocated to their hometown in Benue State few weeks in the past to mitigate the psychological trauma occasioned by the incident.

“The boy was kidnapped in October 2019. We would like the police to help us to apprehend these behind this crime,”
mentioned a resident, Dr Taofiq Akinlade.

Akinlade, the Government Director, Zamzam Well being Belief, a medical outfit within the neighbourhood, mentioned the alleged abduction had telling psychological impact on the affected dad and mom.

In keeping with him, the neighborhood has a labyrinth of entrance and exit factors, making it troublesome to watch strangers.

He mentioned, “The psychological trauma is at all times great and one of many results is hallucination. The trauma is written on the faces of a number of the affected dad and mom. Thus far, there isn’t any justice on the perpetrators and individuals are afraid who could grow to be the subsequent sufferer.’’

The top of native safety guards in Lagos Mainland, Mr Ishola Agbodemu, lamented a safety lapse in the neighborhood.

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Agbodemu mentioned, “We’d like the cooperation of all dad and mom, neighborhood leaders and safety companies. All of the 5 kids kidnapped are nonetheless lacking and there have been two circumstances of tried abduction.

“This case retains recurring virtually each three months. The latest one occurred about two weeks in the past. We report the incidents to the police however the help we get from them shouldn’t be sufficient.’’

A councilor representing Ward A, Otto and Iddo, Abdulafeez Ishola, urged dad and mom to be extra vigilant over their kids.

“No less than I’m conscious of six circumstances of abduction in the neighborhood and all of the circumstances had been reported to the police,”
Ishola mentioned.

The Ojomo of Otto and Lagos Mainland, Chief Lamina Akin, mentioned the neighborhood had been infiltrated by strangers who is perhaps accountable for the lacking kids.

He said, “This challenge could be very unusual to me. I’m 82 years previous and I grew up right here. There are lots of people who declare to be residents right here however we don’t know their homes. If some hoodlums commit a criminal offense in Ijora, they may flee to Otto right here for canopy. The police may also help us to work on this. At instances, an individual will hire a room however six individuals will find yourself residing there.”

The Police Public Relations Officer within the state, DSP Bala Elkana, suggested dad and mom to reside as much as their tasks always by offering care and safety to their kids.

He mentioned, “The youngsters had been enjoying and went lacking. We now have commenced investigation. The dad and mom must put an eye fixed on their kids. They owe them the obligation of care and safety. Mother and father depart their kids unattended to and go about. The youngsters additionally roam about and so they could not be capable to discover their approach again dwelling once more.’’


Supply: Saturday PUNCH

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