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Teenage girl flees home with lover in Lagos


A teenage girl, Taiwo Olakunle, has fled home and is believed to be with a
suspected lover. Olakunle’s case is the second of such in six weeks.

One 13-year-old Ezennia Chikwuo had also left her house on Ishola Bello Close
in the Alausa area with a man, believably her lover, and had since not
returned.

PUNCH reports that 18-year-old Olakunle, who was staying with her aunt’s
family, the Lawals, on Adeosun Street, Balogun in the Iju area of Lagos, had
only been brought from Ondo State in July 2014.

It was learnt that the teenager was enrolled in November 2014 as an apprentice
in a hair dressing
salon. However, on November 11 while at the salon, she was
reportedly beaten up by a gang of street boys who claimed she intruded into
their discussion.

The matter was reported to the Iju Police Division, and the police arrested
Olakunle’s suspected assaulters.


On the following day, however, when she came back from a hospital, she was said
to have packed her belongings and sneaked out of the house with a man, believed
to be her lover, who had yet to be identified.

When the family that Olakunle was staying with noted that the teenager was
missing, they reported the matter to the police at Iju.


The aunt, Ola Lawal, lamented that
they had searched everywhere for the teenager all to no avail.

She added that in the course of investigation, the police arrested her and her
husband and detained them for two days.

She said, “Taiwo (Olakunle) is my niece. Her parents are dead. She was just
staying idle in our town in Ondo State and I decided to bring her to Lagos. I
enrolled her at the hairdressing salon two months after she arrived in Lagos.

“On November 12, she came back from treating herself at the hospital. The men
who beat her up said she was intruding into their discussion, but the police
arrested them and charged them to court.

“When she came back that November 12, some people said they saw her pack her
things and walk out of the compound.

“They said they saw a motorcycle rider pick her up and zoom off. That was the
last time we ever saw her. She was already doing well in the hairdressing
vocation, and her boss liked her. All the time she stayed with us, we did not
allow her to indulge herself. I still cannot believe a girl who does not know
Lagos will disappear like that.

“On December 22, the police at Iju even came to arrest my husband and me. We
slept in the cell and were released the following day because it was alleged
that we were hiding her.”

The husband to the aunt, Mr. Ibrahim Lawal, told our correspondent that about a
week ago, two neighbours said they saw the girl in separate locations with men.

He said, “When one of our neighbours came on a visit and heard about Taiwo, she
said she saw her at Katangowa Market in the Abule Egba area buying some clothes
with a man. She said she did not call out to her because she was not aware the
teenager was being searched for.

“Another person told us he saw her on another evening in the Alagbado area
going out with a man.This girl should have mercy on us and return home. If she
wants to get married, let her inform us officially and then go.”

When PUNCH visited the hairdressing salon where the teenager was an apprentice,
the boss, Mrs. Tosin Bada, noted that there was only one instance when a man
came to flirt with Taiwo, and she had sent the supposed lover away.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed
the incident. He urged those who saw the teenager to report to the police at
Iju.

He said, “Taiwo Olakunle is about four feet tall and fair in complexion.

“If seen, the public should contact the Iju Police Station.”

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