Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Two siblings on holiday from Cotonou disappear in Ikorodu

Fear and panicking has been the order of the day in Wera town, Eyita, Ikorodu, Lagos State as the search for two siblings, Ridwan Adeleke, 10 and his eight-year old sister, Nimota Adeleke, prove abortive.

The children, were born and breed in Cotonou, Benin Republic and they live with their parents.

Report had it that, the primary school pupil were brought down to Nigeria for an holiday by their mother, Fatimoh Adeleke two weeks ago. She took them to her Elder sister in Mushin, Lagos state. However, Iya Saheed as she is foundling call, also took the children to her younger sister, Esther Morufu, at Odubegu street, Wera town.

Speaking to punch metro, the woman said the children had their meals and they came out side to play while she was busy in the bathroom, only for her to return from the bathroom and the children were gone. Everything happened about 5pm on Saturday evening.

She said, “They just finished eating that day. I went to take a bath while they went outside to get fresh air because there was no electricity. When I was done, I checked outside, but I did not see them. “Somebody later told me that he saw them. He said he thought they were sent on an errand. They had been to Lagos before, but they were very young then.” PUNCH Metro learnt that the mother, Fatimoh, a native of Ibadan, Oyo State, returned from Cotonou on Sunday, to join in the search.

One of the tenants, who did not want his name in print, said other residents joined the woman to search for the children, while the case was reported at the Owutu, Sagamu Road, Igbogbo and Ipakodo police divisions.

He said, “That evening, the landlady knocked on my door and asked whether I sent the children on an errand. I told her that I didn’t know their whereabouts. “About an hour later, other tenants raised the alarm that the landlady had fainted because she could not find the children. She was revived and everybody went out to search for the children. “We reported at four police stations. The police promised to get back to us when they get any information on them. The children don’t understand Yoruba.” The tenant said several parks around Ikorodu were visited on Saturday and Sunday in search of the siblings, adding that their parents had been informed about the incident.

Morufu said, another tenant said that the children who were supposed to resume school in August  were seen walking along the street chatting with each other but thought they were sent on errand.

Speaking with their mother, Fatimoh said, “They are on holiday. I brought them to Lagos from Cotonou two weeks ago to spend part of the holiday with my sisters in Mushin and Ikorodu. They spent a week in Mushin and came to Ikorodu on Friday, June 23 to celebrate Eid-el-fitr. “We are confused now; we have not heard anything about them since they went missing. We have gone to many places to look for them.” The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, promised to get back to them.

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