By Abbanobi-Eku Onyeka
A couple, Mr and Mrs Sunday Israel, who resides in Idu-Koro, a suburb of Abuja, the nation’s capital has joined others whose children have disappeared in the area.
Mr. Israel, who hailed from Afuze in Owa East Local Government Area of Edo State, and his wife, Vivian, an indigene of Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, said that what started like a dream had resulted into searching for their six-year-old girl, Miss Chimemela, till date started on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
She said: “We woke up around 2pm and I told her to go and buy me kerosene which she did. I looked for her brother and didn’t see him and asked about his whereabouts which she said she wouldn’t know. She told me that she wanted to go to the toilet and I told her not to go far. I later told her to wait for me to boil water and escort her. Thereafter, I found out that she has gone. As she wasn’t quick in returning, I told her brother to look for her and he came back that he didn’t see her.
“We went to the nearby estate where they usually go for toilet and looked for her, but all to no avail. We saw some children and enquired from them, they said that they saw her walking ahead of a lady and when they called her, she did not answer.
“When I asked some men in the estate, they admitted seeing her when she came there for the toilet. They also said that when they saw the way she was behaving with a woman who also came there for the same purpose, they suspected her, but later thought that she was her mother.”
Praying to God and the appropriate authorities to assist her trace her daughter, Mrs. Sunday said that she reported the matter 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 had clues.
Her husband said that he went to a pastor who told him that the baby was alive and would return home hale and hearty.
The Village Head, Chief Mohammad Bawa and the Paramount Ruler of Ndigbo in the community, Eze Jude Igwe, condemned the constant missing of children in the area.
They called on the government to help them stop the ugly trend.
Bawa recalled that about a year ago, two children were reported missing, even as he added that such evil deeds were alien to the indigenes.
“Children are the leaders of tomorrow and if they continue to disappear into the thin air, who will be our leaders in the future. You sent your children to school or left them in the house for the farm, you would not be sure of meeting them. This is an abomination,” he said.
Igwe called on God to intervene as well as urged parents to be cautious over the safety of their children, even as he urged 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 but had not seen the missing girl as at press time.