According to a report by The PUNCH, the Otto community, in the Ebute Meta area of Lagos State, was again thrown into panic on Tuesday when a three-year-old boy, Faruq Saluhu, went missing.
PUNCH Metro had reported in October 2021 that another three-year-old boy, Nohim Ishola, went missing in the Ogundimu area of the community.
Ishola’s disappearance came a year after about seven children disappeared in the community.
It was gathered that Faruq, the latest victim, vanished around 1pm in the palace area of the community.
His mother, Selepha Saluhu, lamented that efforts by the family to find him had been abortive.
She said, “Faruq came back from school yesterday (Tuesday). I fed him and he went to his father’s shop nearby to play. I was told that he followed one of his friends who was asked to buy sachet water. The other boy returned, but my son never came back. When my husband did not see him after a while, he immediately told me that he was missing and carried out a search for him, but to no avail.”
The 38-year-old housewife noted that her husband later reported the matter at the Iponri Police Station.
The Head of the Lagos Mainland Security Team, Ishola Agbodemu, said the disappearance of children in the community had become a serious cause for concern.
He said, “The disappearance of Faruq yesterday (Tuesday) makes him the 10th child to go missing in this community. We have made efforts by reporting to the police. This issue of children going missing has also been reported in the media, but there is no change.”
Agbodemu noted that all the missing children were male.
The Secretary of the Oloto Royal Family, Chief Basura Akinola, when contacted on the happenings in the community, declined comment.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware of the incident.
He said, “The case has not been brought to us yet.”