An apprentice hairdresser, as absconded with her employer’s children in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos State.
The apprentice, identified only as Grace took the children of her employer, 4-year-old Farouk and 6-year-old Kafayat to an unknown destination less than a day after she resumed apprenticeship at their mother’s workshop on Ora Street, PPL bus stop, Okokomaiko and nobody had her photo, contact or that of her relatives.
According to Punch, the employer Mrs Suliat Azeez, had offered Grace employment when she came looking for help.
Grace fled with the children on Friday, after they returned from school. She asked them to accompany her to buy food and as not been seen since then.
The mother of the victims who said she went for hairdressers meeting 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 hypnotized my children.”
The father of the kidnapped children, Fatai, a mechanic, said the family had reported the incident at the Ojo and Okokomaiko police divisions but other efforts at finding the children had been abortive. He said, “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,”
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the matter was not reported at the police stations. She urged the parents to go report at a police station near them