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A 13 – year – old girl from Ilefunfun , Magbon , Badagry , Lagos State, has allegedly fled with a boyfriend who lives in Ilogbo, Oko Afo , a neighbouring community.
The Senior Secondary School One pupil , Lawal , reportedly eloped with the boyfriend , identified simply as Akin , on October 22 and had yet to return home .
Sources learnt that a friend of the girl , known as Kemi , hooked her up with Akin , who is said to be an okada (motocycle) rider .
It was said 21- year – old Akin and Lawal had met in a church on the day, from where she took her away .
Our correspondent gathered that the case was reported at the Morogbo Police Division , but the police had yet to track Akin down .
The father of the girl , Isah, a dock worker in Apapa , stated that Kemi and Akin ’ s parents had frustrated efforts to find his daughter .
He said , “ 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 . 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 take me to the place . She was the one that introduced my daughter to Akin . He is an okada rider . ”
Isah , 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 .
He said , “ 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 . ”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , ASP Olarinde Famous – Cole , said the case was reported at the Morogbo division.
He said , “ During investigation , he (Isah ) said he suspected somebody who is her boyfriend . Investigation is ongoing to arrest the boyfriend and find the daughter of the man . A case of missing person was reported at the station . ”