- A couple in Edo state raise alarm over the alleged disappearance of their children
- The names of the missing children were given as Amada, aged four, and Christable, aged two
- Police arrest three suspected kidnappers in army camouflage uniform
Utese village in Ovia northeast local government area of Edo state has been thrown into confusion after two female tenants identified simply as Mercy and Rose, reportedly disappeared with two children of their landlord.
The Nation reports that the children were left in the custody of the tenants by their mother who went to the stream to wash her clothes before they were allegedly whisked away by the tenants.
The names of the missing children were given as Amada, aged four, and Christable, aged two, both female.
The tenants alleged to have kidnapped the kids are said to hail from Cross River state. They were said to have moved to the community about three weeks ago and told their landlord that one was a farmer and the other a hairdresser.
Trouble started when residents told the parents that they saw the tenants stopping vehicles on the highway but thought they were taking the children out as usual.
Mother of the missing children, Faith Osaruoname, told reporters that she used to leave her children with the tenants whenever she was going out.
Narrating how the children were kidnapped, she said: “After cooking, I wanted to go and get some water again when my husband came back. He asked me about the children and I told him they went out with the tenants. I later ran out to look for them but did not find them. I have been calling the numbers of those girls and they were switched off.”
The father of the children, Omokpia Osaruoname, said he became apprehensive when his two daughters did not come out to welcome him as usual when he arrived home.
He added that he was shocked when his wife told him she had not seen the children since she returned from the stream.
Osaruoname said he had reported that matter to the Okada police division.
He said: "I went to Benin at 8 a.m. I left my wife and children at home with the tenants, who have not spent up to three weeks. Their mother said she was going to the stream so she left the children with the tenants. My wife said she returned at about 5 p.m and did not see the children.
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“I said at 7 p.m my children are still not back. My wife ran out and started looking for them. She later called that they said the tenants had run away with my children.
“People said they saw them stopping a taxi. We went to various police checkpoints and the Okada Police Division.
“One is a hairdresser. They don’t have any shop. They begged me to give them a shop in my house and I told them to wait till the end of the year. Some boys in our area, who are their boyfriends, used to come and see them.
“They said their brother lives in the next village, but I have not seen him before. I don’t have their photographs; I don’t know anything about them. They don’t have any property except for carpet, curtains and few clothes.”
Meanwhile, Osun state police command has arrested three suspected kidnappers; Henry Omenihu, Paul Chituru and Henry Bright who reportedly operate in army camouflage uniform.
The commissioner of police in Osun state, Fimihan Adeoye, paraded the three suspects at the police command headquarters in Osogbo, capital of Osun state on Saturday, June 2, Daily Trust reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the police boss explained that the suspects kidnapped Kayode Agbeyangi and Oyeyemi Obafemi along Ilesa/Ibadan expressway on April 14, 2018.
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