By Ahmed Ajikobi
A 3-year-old girl, Mutmaina Azeez, has reportedly been abducted in Ilorin. She was taken away from her parents’ residence by an unknown lady, according to her father.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on Monday at around 4:pm .
According to the father of the victim, Azeez Ahmed, the incident happened at their residence, Aiyetoro community of Zango-Kulende Quarters in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
“I received a call from my wife that she has been looking for my daughter and that she is nowhere to be found.
“After that, I called her back and someone picked the call and told me that they were looking for her. The person who picked my call informed me further that my wife went out to repair the school bag of our daughter , that she left the children in the house and will be back soon.”
Azeez said while the wife was out to collect the school bag, an unidentified woman sneaked into their house lured the children out under the pretext that she wanted to take them to a party.
He said on their way, some people who knew the girls queried where they were going, but the unknown lady cleverly told the elder sister of the abducted girl to go back to the house and call the remaining children for the said party.
People in the neighbourhood noticed that the unknown lady had been in the area for several minutes before the incident.
“For three days now, she is nowhere to be found and we have not received any call from the abductors demanding for any ransom whatsoever,” the disturbed father lamented.
“I actually told her (my wife) to return the school bag to the child on Sunday, because I travel a lot. I am not based in Ilorin and she went to collect the bag from the repairer for use the following day.”
On the possible identity of the lady, Azeez said the elder sister of the abducted girl, Mardiyah, who is about seven years, described the unknown lady as wearing a face cap and fair-complexioned between 18-20 years old.
He said the matter had been reported to the state police command headquarters in Ilorin, the ‘E’ Police Division, Kulende and the headquarters of the Department of the State Services, DSS.
Azeez appealed to the state government and security agencies in the state to double their efforts in protecting lives of citizens, describing the present insecurity in the state and country as absurd.
“What we are seeing in the Kwara State presently is absurd. I only hear this kind of incidents, I am just feeling it now that it is happening to me.”
He commended the security agencies where he reported the matter to, saying they showed they were ready for action, but “all I want is my daughter to be rescued.”
Effort put by National Pilot to contact, the Kwara state police command spokesperson, SP Ajayi Okasanmi on the development prove abortive as the call put to his phone was not picked and messages sent to his phone were not responded to as at the time of filing this report.
By Ahmed Ajikobi