Pictured! 18-Year Old Girl Flees Home With Suspected Boyfriend

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The police in Lagos are on the trail of a teenage girl,
Taiwo Olakunle, who allegedly ran away from home and is believed to be with a
suspected lover.
Olakunle’s case is the second of such in six weeks. Punch Metro had reported on December 4 that one 13-year-old
Ezennia Chikwuo also left her house on Ishola Bello Close in the Alausa area
with a man, believably her lover, and had since not returned.
Our correspondent gathered that 18-year-old Olakunle, who
was staying with her aunt’s family, the Lawals, on Adeosun Street, Balogun in
the Iju area of Lagos, had only been brought from Ondo State in July 2014.

It was learnt that the teenager was enrolled in November
2014 as an apprentice in a hair dressing salon. However, on November 11 while
at the salon, she was reportedly beaten up by a gang of street boys who claimed
she intruded into their discussion.
The matter was reported to the Iju Police Division, and the
police arrested Olakunle’s suspected assaulters.
Our correspondent learnt that on the following day, however,
when she came back from a hospital, she was said to have packed her belongings
and sneaked out of the house with a man, believed to be her lover, who had yet
to be identified.
PUNCH Metro learnt that when the family that Olakunle was
staying with noted that the teenager was missing, they reported the matter to
the police at Iju.
On Monday when our correspondent visited the Lawals, the
aunt, Ola Lawal, lamented that they had searched everywhere for the teenager
all to no avail.
She added that in the course of investigation, the police
arrested her and her husband and detained them for two days.
She said, “Taiwo (Olakunle) is my niece. Her parents are
dead. She was just staying idle in our town in Ondo State and I decided to
bring her to Lagos. I enrolled her at the hairdressing salon two months after
she arrived in Lagos.
“On November 12, she came back from treating herself at the
hospital. The men who beat her up said she was intruding into their discussion,
but the police arrested them and charged them to court.
“When she came back that November 12, some people said they
saw her pack her things and walk out of the compound.
“They said they saw a motorcycle rider pick her up and zoom
off. That was the last time we ever saw her. She was already doing well in the
hairdressing vocation, and her boss liked her. All the time she stayed with us,
we did not allow her to indulge herself. I still cannot believe a girl who does
not know Lagos will disappear like that.
“On December 22, the police at Iju even came to arrest my
husband and me. We slept in the cell and were released the following day
because it was alleged that we were hiding her.”
The husband to the aunt, Mr. Ibrahim Lawal, told our
correspondent that about a week ago, two neighbours said they saw the girl in
separate locations with men.
He said, “When one of our neighbours came on a visit and
heard about Taiwo, she said she saw her at Katangowa Market in the Abule Egba
area buying some clothes with a man. She said she did not call out to her
because she was not aware the teenager was being searched for.
“Another person told us he saw her on another evening in the
Alagbado area going out with a man.This girl should have mercy on us and return
home. If she wants to get married, let her inform us officially and then go.”
When our correspondent visited the hairdressing salon where
the teenager was an apprentice, the boss, Mrs. Tosin Bada, noted that there was
only one instance when a man came to flirt with Taiwo, and she had sent the
supposed lover away.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth
Nwosu, confirmed the incident. He urged those who saw the teenager to report to
the police at Iju.
He said, “Taiwo Olakunle is about four feet tall and fair in
complexion.

“If seen, the public should contact the Iju Police Station.”

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