six-year-old Kafayat, are still in distress over the fate of the two
children, who were abducted on November 28, 2016, by their mother’s
apprentice, Gladys Austin.
family was at a loss because even after the arrest of Austin by
operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos, the suspect
vehemently denied taking the children away.
charge of the case at SARS told the family to forget about the children
as Austin had been released.
said to have attempted suicide twice while in Lagos and was recently
moved back to her hometown in Oyo State, where she allegedly attempted
suicide again by taking Sniper.
victims’ mother, Suliat, had reported that Austin resumed as an
apprentice at her hairdressing workshop in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos
on a Thursday and disappeared with the children same day while their
mother was away.
abducting a girl, identified as Oluwasemilore, daughter of a bead artist
with whom she was working as an apprentice.
three different buyers and had been adopted as the last buyer’s daughter
when Austin was arrested in Badagry.
Abia and Anambra states before she was safely rescued in March 2017,
after reported gun battles.
parade, reported that she was mixed with six other ladies and was picked
out each time by residents and neighbours of the family.
not bring herself to understand how she could lose two children in a
day. The first attempt was when she was just throwing herself on the
floor and smashed a stool on her own head. She picked a knife and was
about to stab herself when people restrained her.
note with a knife by her side. People were, however, able to take the
knife from her. When I could no longer bear it, I asked that she be
sent to her village in Oyo State for proper care. When there was no one
around, she drank Sniper. She has not regained her health since that
Ifeanyi, refused to give information to the family on the whereabouts of
Austin, adding that the officer said SARS could not help his family
because Austin was not arrested because of them.
means to get the girl to confess where she kept my children, but he said
the girl denied abducting the kids.
going on, he said he had already taken the matter to court. When I asked
for the name of the court, he said he never told me he took her to
court. He appears to have been compromised.”
family obtained the services of a lawyer, one Sanni Saidi, who wrote a
petition to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni.
that the police did not act on the petition and his family was forced to
approach the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, with another petition,
which was assigned to an officer in Section D7.
money for certain things, which we gave him. I was going there every
day without any result. At a point, the policeman told me he couldn’t
find the case file again,” he added.
family had also approached the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender
for help as the hope of getting the two children appeared to be
diminishing every day.