3-Year Old Boy Goes Missing After Aunt Went For Party (Photo)

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The whereabouts of a three-year-old boy, Mubarak Ogunlewe,
who lives in Papa Alfa, Asese-Ibafo, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area
of Ogun State, is still unknown a month after he went missing.

It was learnt that Ogunlewe had been living with his aunt,
Alhaja Taibat Bello, since March last year when his parents divorced.
Punch Metro gathered that the boy had returned home with a
friend from a Quranic class in the area. He was said to have decided to stay
back and had a bath when the friend called him that he was going back to the
class.
It was learnt that the boy, after dressing up around 12pm,
told his aunt that he was returning to the school while the woman left for a
ceremony in the neighbourhood
Pandemonium, however, started around 3pm when Bello returned
from the event and did not meet her nephew at home. She and residents were said
to have searched the nook and cranny of the area to no avail.
Bello said they went to the Ibafo Police Station to report
the incident on the fateful day, but they were told to come back after 24
hours.
She said, “I am baffled by how he got missing. I just took
my bath when he came back from the Quranic class with his friend. After using
the toilet, he said he wanted to bath too, which he did. He dressed up hurriedly
and told me he was going back to the class and I left for the anniversary of
our cooperative society.
“I came back around 3pm but he was not at home. I went to
the class only to be told that he had left home with others. When we searched
everywhere and did not find him, we went to report at the Ibafo police station,
but we were told to come back after 24 hours. We went back on Monday to
report.”
A neighbour, who identified herself as Mummy Mosun, said her
six-year-old daughter, who she sent to give pepper to a friend in the afternoon
of the fateful day, claimed to have seen Ogunlewe, walking alone along the bush
path in the area and called him.
“She said he answered when she called him and continued with
his journey.   When I doubted her
account, she took me to the route he passed through,” the woman said.
The head of the Quranic school was said to have gone out
when our correspondent visited the facility. One of the teachers, Murtadoh
Abdulganiy, said they had released all the children from the class at 2pm.
He added that he did not know Ogunlewe’s whereabouts.
He said, “When we finished observing Zuhr prayer that day,
we told them (the pupils) to go home and come back at 4pm for Ramadan lecture.
We have ended the lecture when the aunt came to look for Mubarak.
“I was not aware that he went home to ease himself, but the
woman confirmed that he saw him before leaving for the ceremony. She said she
stylishly left him behind. We have also assisted in looking for him and we are
still praying.”
The boy’s mother, Silifat Odutan, who lives in Igbogbo,
Ikorodu, said she was informed of the incident two days after.
“He has been living with the aunt since his father and I
separated while his elder sister is living with me,” she added.
The Ogun State Police spokesperson, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi,
confirmed the incident.
He said, “The case was reported at the station and we have
sent signals to all the formations within the state and the neighbouring
states. We are making efforts to ensure that the boy is found,”

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