here. In a follow up, the agitated parents of Michael Oluwatomiyin Ojelabi, 4, who was kidnapped in front of his school by an unidentified woman six days ago have spoken out. Michael is the grandson of the immediate past Lagos State Commissioner for Rural Development Cornelius Ojelabi.
While in tears, his parents said they have not received any phone
call about his whereabouts. Yesterday, prayers were held for the boy’s
safe return by members of their church.
While speaking to The Nation, Sunday Ojelabi, the boy’s father, said
that Michael and his sister, Oyindamola, were standing at their school
gate, waiting for their mother, when the woman, who gave her name as
Aunt Joy, said she was asked to bring them home.
In his words, he said: “I was shocked when my eight-year-old
daughter told me her class teacher asked her to sweep her classroom. The
teacher denied but three of my daughter’s friends said it was true. It
was when she finished sweeping she took her brother to the school gate.
Oyindamola told me that when they got to the gate, the woman, whom she
described as tall, fat and dark-skinned, said my wife asked her to pick
them. My daughter said she wasn’t going to release her brother but the
woman asked her to inform her class teacher she had taken Michael. When
she got back, they were nowhere to be found.“She went home to inform my
wife and when they returned to the scene, shop owners said they saw the
woman on a motorcycle but they didn’t know she was a kidnapper. We went
to Ojo police station. We have been searching for him. I believe we will
find him by God’s grace because I suspect nobody.”
Ojelabi continued saying said that he reported the case to Adoff
Police Station once he got the information, he has also written a
statement at the Ojo Police Station.
He said: “My wife is a trader and she takes them to school every
morning. The reason she was late to pick them on that day was because
she was preparing their lunch. She didn’t want them to return home
without having anything to eat.”
When asked his last moment with his son that day, Ojelabi said: “I
was getting dressed for work when he came to my room and said ‘daddy,
good morning’. I replied ‘good morning’ and said I was off to work. He
is my close paddy. I miss him these past few days because he was always
awake whenever I returned from work. I keep thinking of my son’s
condition. I keep thinking if he will be given his favourite biscuit and
tea. We have been living in this environment for over 16 years and we
have never witnessed incidents as this.”
Mrs Elizabeth Ojelabi, Michael’s mother, couldn’t be reached as she was said to have gone to the church.
Olalekan Kazeem, the school’s head teacher, said he was still in
shock adding that the class teacher said she never asked Oyindamola to
He said: “We are security conscious here because I remember there
was a time their father was not allowed to take his children because he
wasn’t a familiar face in the school. I pray we find him because that
is our joy.”
The Ojelabis are pleading with the public for information on their boy’s whereabouts.
They can be contacted on: 08024371127, 08028287574.