Mr & Mrs Sunday Israel, a couple who resides in Idu-Koro, a suburb of Abuja the nation’s capital has joined other couples who had over the time lost their children in the area.
This latest development was made known to this medium yesterday in their house in the village.
Confirmed by her husband, Israel Sunday, who hailed from Afuize, a community in Owa East local government area of Edo state, his wife, Vivian, who hails from Obowo local government area of Imo state said that what started like a dream which resulted into searching for her six year old baby girl, Miss Chimemela to date started on Tuesday the 10th of this July.
She said: “We woke up from sleep around 2pm and I told her to go and buy me kerosene which she did. I then looked for her brother and didn’t see him and asked about his whereabouts which she couldn’t tell.
She told me that she wanted to go to the toilet and I told her not to go far and later told her to wait for me to put water on the fire and escort her.
After putting water on the fire, I found out that she has already gone. As she wasn’t quick in coming, I told her brother to go and look for her and he came back to tell me he didn’t see her.
“We then went to the estate very close where they usually go for toilet and looked for her, but all to no avail. We saw some children and made enquiries from them, if they saw her, they said that they saw her walking ahead of one lady and when they called her, according to them, she wouldn’t answer.
When I asked some men in the estate, they admitted seeing her when she came there for toilet. They also said when they saw the way she was behaving with a woman who also came there for the purpose of toilet, they said that they suspected her, but later thought that she was her mother.”
Calling on God and the appropriate authorities to come to her aid, Mrs Sunday said that she reported to the office of the District Head as well as to the police outpost in the village and was told to drop her number so as to invite her if they see her baby.
In addition, her husband said that he went to a pastor who told him that the baby was alive and would return hale and hearty.
The Village head of the community, Chief Mohammad Bawa and paramount ruler of Ndigbo in the community, Eze Jude Igwe when contacted condemned the constant missing of children in the area and Abuja in general.
He Called on the government to as a matter of urgency to do something about the ugly happenings, Bawa informed that about a year or two ago, about two children were reported missing, even as he added that such evil deeds was foreign to the indigenes.
“Children are the leaders of tomorrow and if they continue to miss into thin air, who will be our leaders in the future. You sent your children to school or left them in the house for farm, you would not be sure of meeting them. This is an abomination,” he condemned.
Eze Jude Igwe on his own called on God to intervene as well as urged parents to be cautious over the safety of their children, even as he called on the law enforcement agencies to not rest until the perpetrators of the evil practice are brought to the book.
The police in the area admitted having the complaint and hadn’t seen the missing girl at press time.