An apprentice, identified only as Grace, has allegedly absconded with the two children of her employer, Mrs. Suliyat Azeez, in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos State. This ugly incident was said to have happened on Friday, less than 24 hours after Grace resumed apprenticeship at Suliyat’s workshop on Ora Street, PPL bus stop, Okokomaiko. The children she kidnapped are Farouk, 4; and six-year-old Kafayat. According to reports, Grace fled with the children after they returned from school that fateful Friday and went to their mother’s shop.She claimed she was going out to buy food and asked the children to accompany her, only to abscond with them. Nobody has Grace’s contact or knew her place of residence.
The victim’s’ mother, Suliyat, said she had gone for a meeting of hairdressers when the incident happened. She said, “The girl came to my shop on Wednesday and said she wanted to learn hairdressing. I asked who her guarantor was because she said she came alone. She said she stayed with a friend in the area and she would have come with her, but the friend had gone to work.
“On Thursday, she returned and bought soft drinks and biscuits to celebrate the commencement of her apprenticeship. I even shared the drinks with people. That was the day she started working.“On Friday, I planned to go to her place of residence, but I had to first attend a meeting of hairdressers in the community. When I returned from the meeting around 4pm, I was told nobody knew where she went to with my children and we started searching for them. I believe she hypnotised my children.”
The victims’ father, Fatai, a mechanic, said the family had reported the incident at the Ojo and Okokomaiko police divisions. He said other efforts at finding the children had been abortive.
“The girl just identified herself as Grace. She should be about 20 years old. My wife couldn’t collect her phone number because her phone (Suliyat) was faulty. She just decided to admit her because the girl asked for help. We don’t know any of her relatives and friends,