In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 20th, September, 2020

The Story Of Nigerian Police Officers Who Are Nonetheless Lacking 2 Years After Being Despatched On INTERPOL Task

The Story Of Nigerian Police Officers Who Are Still Missing 2 Years After Being Sent On INTERPOL Assignment

DSP Olutope Falode

Mogbonjubola and Iyiola, each of their outdated age, haven’t given up on the seek for a police officer, Olutope Falode, their son, whose whereabouts stay unknown two years after he set out on an official task to Gabon.

Three senior cops of the Worldwide Legal Police Group (INTERPOL); Olutope Falode, Yohanna Gamidan and Usman Mohammed, and one mechanic, Usman Momoh, have been despatched to the Central African nation from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital metropolis, to trace a stolen automobile on September three, 2018.

The final sign the police noticed of those 4 was once they have been in Cameroon, some 900 kilometres away from the vacation spot.

All efforts to find these 4 have nevertheless been unsuccessful however the outdated couple nonetheless hopes Olutope would at some point stroll via their gate.

The automobile they went to recuperate belongs to 1 Felicia Ogunjana, who claimed it was stolen at a gunpoint in Nigeria.

“The INTERPOL despatched them, you possibly can verify from them. He (mechanic) was the one who volunteered to go together with them. Momoh was to drive the automobile again with the police as a result of he’s a mechanic in case the automobile develops a fault on the way in which. However we couldn’t hear from them since then. It was later we heard that they haven’t gotten to Gabon.

”We’ve got all the time been on the INTERPOL to understand how far they’ve gone, which they’ve been doing their finest. However up until now, no details about them. We’re nonetheless ready for INTERPOL to inform us in the event that they have been capable of get any information from the Ministry of International Affairs as a result of they’re on it,” Mrs Ogunjana advised PREMIUM TIMES final 12 months.

‘Shocked, however lethagic police’

In line with an officer of INTERPOL who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES in 2019, the disappearance of the 4 males was stunning to the safety organisation.

“And the factor is every time officers go on such a journey, as soon as they arrive there, they get a brand new sim and name us over right here with the brand new quantity. On the primary day that we didn’t hear from them, we thought it was community points. By the way in which, that isn’t the primary time operatives embark on such a journey. In reality, one in all them (Mr Falode), that might have been his fourth or fifth in that 12 months on such task.

“Each time he will get to wherever he’s going to, he would name. The factor is that he speaks French, so the staff likes to have somebody like him who can converse French. And once more, it opens lots of doorways for officers. You can not simply go there and begin talking English. When you converse French, they could be receptive.”

Mogbonjubola calls for federal authorities’s intervention

The officer, who didn’t need to be named as a result of he’s not authorised to remark, stated once they couldn’t attain them, the Nigerian police messaged the Nationwide Central Bureau (NCB) in Cameroon.

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“Ultimately, Cameroon confirmed that they sighted the officers on the border and to some extent, however by chance there may be this problem occurring in Cameroon between the separatists and the federal government. So, we now thought that could be both of the 2 (Separatists or Authorities forces) captured them.

”They have been in a police automobile, which is the one automobile we have now right here and now we don’t have another automobile. So, we described the automobile, we gave the image.”

He stated the problem had been ‘escalated’ to the Cameroonian ambassador and the Nationwide Safety Adviser (NSA) in Nigeria then.


When PREMIUM TIMES visited the Falode’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo state, Mogbonjubola, Olutope’s mum, stated she wept for 2 years until the purpose of growing a watch defect.

She now visits ophthalmologists for eye care, she added.

“I’ve been to a number of prayer mountains all to no avail. I’m fed up and I now not have sufficient energy to go to anyplace once more,”
she stated with tears welling up in her eyes.

Mogbonjubola ultimately broke into tears.

Olutope’s dad, Iyiola Falode, advised this newspaper that he had visited the police headquarters in Abuja ”greater than thrice for the reason that saga started.”

“They carry on telling us that they don’t seem to be lifeless. They stated they can not get to Cameroon due to the unrest within the nation. I used to be stunned as a result of, why will they are saying they’ll’t get there? I need them to assist me discover my son as a result of he was on an official task. If he has a time off work, he would guarantee he visits me and my spouse,”
Mr Falode stated.

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For Elizabeth, his spouse of over ten years, the absence of the youthful Mr Falode for the 2 years has been a traumatic expertise notably with the truth that she is shouldering the care of their 4 youngsters alone.

Though the police gave her entry to 60 per cent of her hubby’s wage on a month-to-month foundation, she lamented the insufficiency coupled with the emotional stress of not having the love of her life beside her.

“He was all the time updating me on his itinerary. In reality, he known as me once they had a stop-by in Portharcourt, River’s state capital,” Mrs Falode advised our reporter

The Falodes appealed to the Inspector-Common of Police, President Muhammadu Buhari and lawmakers to make sure their son and the three others are discovered.

“Assist me beg President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector-Common of Police and the members of the Nationwide Meeting,” he stated.


Talking with PREMIUM TIMES, wives of the opposite two cops complained that life has not been straightforward for them since September three, 2018.

“We’re struggling. We’re struggling o,”
Mrs Mohammed, who resides in Bida native authorities space of Niger State, reiterated in a phone interview with our reporter.

Elizabeth Falode

In her personal case, the 60 per cent of her husband’s wage, (about N50, 000 to N55, 000) is getting used to cater for six youngsters, two wives, his aged mom and different siblings.

“We’re simply managing o as a result of we have now a big household,” stated the spouse who’s at the moment unemployed.

“Each time, the children ask after their dads notably after we don’t have any meals to eat. They are going to begin crying that if their father is round, they received’t be hungry.”

Additionally, Abigail Magidan, a mom of two lamented a number of visits and phone calls to the police headquarters which have solely been met with a gridlock.

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She stated the unlucky incident occurred when her second youngster of 4 years outdated was barely 2.

‘They need to search for my husband for me wherever they’re in Cameroon. It’s my husband that I need, they need to ask her to convey my husband out of wherever he’s. It’s two 12 months now that my husband went on this journey that’s alleged to final for under 4 days.

‘Maintain praying’

Lubabetu Momoh, a dealer, the spouse of the mechanic, Usman Momoh, stated the police have advised her to maintain praying for her husband’s return anytime she visits the headquarters.

“I’ve not heard something and although I’m going to the Drive Headquarters or the state CID, they don’t have another factor to inform me apart I ought to go and carry on praying.”

Crying for assist, Mrs Momoh famous that not like the cops’ wives, she isn’t entitled to any wage. She advised this newspaper that catering for her three youngsters has been a burden to her.

“Even when they don’t seem to be those that despatched him, they know that he went with these officers and he has wives and kids earlier than he left and since he left, I’ve not seen something that the police has executed to assist the state of affairs,”
she cried.

In the meantime, all efforts to get the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, to touch upon this proved aborted. He neither picked his calls or responded to texts.

Additionally, when the commissioner of INTERPOL, Garba Umar, was contacted for an replace, he refused to remark as he claimed to be overwhelmed with the preparations of the Edo governorship election scheduled for September 19.



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