Photo: Girl Who Fled Home Returns, Says I Was With My Lover

18-year old Taiwo Olakunle who fled her guardian’s home on
the 12th of November, 2014 has returned home. Taiwo was declared missing
a day after she fled the house when there were no traces of her. If you missed
the story last week read it here. Also read what she told Punch about what made
her fled from home after the cut. Anyway her guardians have refused to take her
back, I don;t blame them.
A runaway teenage girl, Taiwo Olakunle, who was believed to
be hiding at a lover’s place, resurfaced last week Thursday at her family
church on Taju Bello Street, Oke Aro Road in the Iju area of Lagos.
Olakunle, 18, had fled home since Wednesday, November 12,

Punch Metro had reported last Wednesday, January 14, that
the police at Iju were searching for the teenager, who until her disappearance
was staying with her guardians on Adeosun Street, Balogun bus stop, Iju.
Our correspondent learnt that Olakunle came back to her
church area the following day after PUNCH Metro’s report, and requested to see
her grandmother, who also lived in the area.
It was gathered that officers from the Iju Police Division,
who learnt of her appearance, moved to the place and took her away to the
station for questioning.
Olakunle told the police on Friday in her statement that she
fled from home to stay with a lover in the Alagbado area.
She said she fled from the area because she was worried that
her suspected assaulters were charged to court by the police, which she did not
think was a good step. She added that she was worried about her safety.
She said, “Those guys who beat me up were truly arrested by
the police, and they were asked to get me treated. I did not know they would be
charged to court for it.
“When I learnt that they were charged to court, I was
troubled. I then decided to leave the area and run to a lover’s house. The
statement the police took from me was perhaps doctored to make the men’s
offence seem bigger. I did not expect they would be taken to court.”
Speaking with Punch Metro, the husband of Olakunle’s aunt,
Ibrahim Lawal, said the family was glad to have the girl back.
He said, “My wife and I had suffered. It got to a point that
people said we had used the girl for rituals. We are glad that she was back.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth
Nwosu, confirmed that the runaway girl had been seen.
He said, “Olakunle is at the Iju Police Division. She had
been hiding at a boyfriend’s place.
“There are further enquiries going on. She will be
thereafter reunited with her guardians.”

Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that Olakunle had left
the police division, and she was now at her grandmother’s place near the family
church in Iju Ishaga.

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