Juvenile Delinquency: 13-yr-old student elopes with boyfriend in Lagos

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Lagos Police Command PPRO, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole

A 13-year-old secondary school pupil in Lagos has been declared missing after she allegedly eloped with her Okadaman boyfriend.

The family of a 13-year-old girl has been thrown into confusion after she allegedly fled her home in Ilefunfun, Magbon, Badagry, Lagos State, and eloped with an alleged boyfriend, Punch reports.

According to the report, the Senior Secondary School One [SSSI] pupil, allegedly fled with her boyfriend identified as Akin who lives in Ilogbo, Oko Afo, a neighbouring community on October 22, 2017, and has not been seen since then, forcing the parents to report the matter to the police.

It was learned that a friend of the girl known as Kemi, was the one who hooked her up with Akin, a commercial motorcycle rider known popularly as Okada man.

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The 21-year-old Akin, it was gathered, met the girl in a church on the day and convinced her to elope with him.

The father of the girl, Isah Lawal, a dock worker in the Apapa Port, while narrating the pains the family has been going through since her disappearance, stated that Kemi and Akin’s parents had frustrated efforts to find his daughter.

“I have been searching for her for two weeks. I went to my workplace in Apapa. When I came back, her siblings told me that she went to Holy Mary Church, where Akin waited for her.

The pastor of the church, a woman, confirmed to me that she saw her and Akin, but said they left before the end of service that day.

I went to Akin’s house but his mother said she did not know his whereabouts and that he only came home every evening. I told the police what she said, but they said they would not arrest her.

Kemi said she knew where he passes the night. I have been begging her parents to allow her to take me to the place. She was the one that introduced my daughter to Akin. He is an Okada rider.”

Lawal who said his daughter had been decent until she struck a relationship with Kemi, explained that she had fled to Kemi’s house and spent two days with her a week before running away with Akin.

“I have been responsible for her upbringing and that of her sisters since their mother died five years ago. She changed suddenly and her behaviour has become strange.

A week before she fled with Akin, I returned from work in the evening on Friday. A neighbour told me that she went out with Kemi.

When I got there, Kemi’s mother said she had gone out with Kemi to iron her clothes. She returned home the following day and I warned her not to associate with Kemi again.”

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Confirming a report of the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the case of a missing person was reported at the Morogbo Division.

He added that during the investigation, the father of the girl [Lawal], said he suspected somebody who is her boyfriend and that investigation is ongoing to arrest the boyfriend and find the daughter of the man.



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