A family has been thrown into turmoil, as an apprentice has disappeared with their two children barely 24 hours after she was employed.
According to reports from Punch Metro, a woman identified as Mrs Suliyat Azeez, and her husband Mr Fatai, are currently in a state of sadness, as the woman’s apprentice only identified as Grace, disappeared into thin air with their two children.
The children identified as Six-year-old Kafayat and four-year-old Farouk, had reportedly gone to their mother’s shop at Ora street, PPL bus stop in Okokomaiko, Lagos, after school on Friday, November 25, where had reportedly Grace asked them to accompany her to where she was going to buy food.
Grace who had only been employed by Suliyat the previous day, has not been seen, and reports are that no one has been able to contact her or even knows where she lives.
Here’s what happened according to the mother of the children, Mrs Suliyat:
“The girl came to my shop on Wednesday and said she wanted to learn hairdressing. I asked who her guarantor was because she said she came alone. She said she stayed with a friend in the area and she would have come with her, but the friend had gone to work. On Thursday, she returned and bought soft drinks and biscuits to celebrate the commencement of her apprenticeship. I even shared the drinks with people. That was the day she started working.
On Friday, I planned to go to her place of residence, but I had to first attend a meeting of hairdressers in the community. When I returned from the meeting around 4pm, I was told nobody knew where she went to with my children and we started searching for them. I believe she hypnotised my children.”
Their father, Fatai, who is a mechanic, said the incident has been reported at the Ojo and Okokomaiko police divisions. He said:
“The girl just identified herself as Grace. She should be about 20 years old. My wife couldn’t collect her phone number because her phone (Suliyat) was faulty. She just decided to admit her because the girl asked for help. We don’t know any of her relatives and friends.”
One of their relatives, one Mr Sanni Saidi, had this to say:
“On the day of her induction, Suliyat could have taken her snapshot. She could have taken her phone number. But she didn’t do all these and I think she should take the blame. This shows the extent that people could go to execute their devilish intentions. How could you steal two children without any fear of God? We appeal to the security agencies to help us find the children.”
However, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, when contacted, said the matter has not been brought to the notice of the police, urging the parents to get to the station nearest to them.
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