A woman has caused quite a stir in an Ogun State community after she reportedly absconded with her neighbor’s children.
A woman has reportedly abducted her neighbour’s three kids and disappeared to an unknown destination after she deceived their parents that she wanted to buy biscuits for them in Ogun State, The New Telegraph reports.
The police in Ogun state were currently on the trail of the yet-to-be identified woman who moved into an apartment at Mowe in Ofada-Mokolokin Local Council Development Area of the state and after four days of staying in the said apartment, absconded with three of her neighbour’s children.
The victims namely John Segun, 5, Darasimi Ilesanmi, (two months old) and Fikayomi Bankole 3 were said to be in captivity without of any trace yet. The children have been missing since last week Sunday.
The lady had moved into the apartment without giving the landlord adequate information about herself. On the day she disappeared with the children, she told their parents that she was going to buy them biscuits down the road. One of the victims parents Mr Ebenezer Ilesanmi whose two months old baby was taken away said that his wife was with their son in the compound washing clothes when their new neighbour approached her. The woman told his wife to bring their baby so that she can assist her to hold the baby so that she could concentrate on the washing. She took the baby and promised to return soon.
After washing the clothes, the woman became worried because the woman was not yet back and it was time for the baby to breastfeed. She later went to check the two other kids’ mothers to know if their own children had returned. Unfortunately, it was the same thing. It was at that point that the woman called and told her husband what was going on. Immediately, the man left what he was doing and rushed home.
The man came to meet a crowd of people in front of their compound and everyone was searching for their children. Since then they have not seen them and his wife has been weeping asking for the whereabout of her son.
The man is appealing to the police to rescue the kids as his son was just an infant. “I don’t know how they will breastfeed him. He is our first child. I don’t know where or whom to run to” he said
Another father, Idowu Bankole whose 3-year-old child was among those missing said he returned from church that fateful day, saw the woman with his son but never suspected her. He said his wife had left the church before him with their two children. He couldn’t go with them as he’s one of the elders in the church and they had a meeting.
When he returned, he met his first child with her mother sleeping. His wife’s mother told him that their new neighbour took Fikayo out to buy biscuit for him and other children. He was relaxed when he was told that their new neighbour took his son and two other children out. He went out to fix something only to come to hear that the woman was yet to return with the children.
He encouraged his wife to exercise patience and calm down. After waiting for about two hours, another victim’s grandmother came out searching for her grandchild. They then rushed to Mowe Police Station and reported the incident. The landlord and his son who rented out the apartment to the woman were arrested but were released three days later.
They are appealing to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police and Governor Ibikunle Amosun to rescue their children, as they have not been able to sleep since the incident. The landlord, Tajudeen Leshi, said he never collected any money from the woman and that it was his son who rented out the apartment to the alleged abductor.
He said, “I was not around when the woman and her husband came to inspect the apartment. After they agreed to move in, they gave my son N30,000, instead of N50,000 for a year. Initially, I refused to collect the money, but my son persuaded me on the phone to collect it from them and they promised to balance me N20,000. When I returned, I told my son to call the woman to get her details. When she approached me, she said they were from Calabar. I spoke the language to her, but she didn’t understand it. She claimed that she was born in Lagos State and didn’t understand her language. The only mistake I made was that, because they were rushing to move in, I didn’t get their details. It was when she abducted the kids that it occurred to me that I had made a grave mistake.”
He also blamed the kids’ parents; how can they hand their children to someone they have just known for only four days? The Divisional Police Officer at the Mowe Police Station where the case was reported to, said that efforts were being made to track down the lady. When P.M.EXPRESS contacted the Ogun State Command, the police sources confirmed the incident and said the police will soon arrests the suspect.