Runaway Teenage Girl Reveals Why She Eloped With Her Lover
A runaway teenage girl, Taiwo Olakunle, who was believed to be hiding at a loverâ€™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, 2014.
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
Our correspondent learnt that Olakunle came
back to her church area the following day
after PUNCH Metroâ€™s report, and requested to
see her grandmother, who also lived in the
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, â€œThose 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.
â€œWhen I learnt that they were charged to
court, I was troubled. I then decided to leave
the area and run to a loverâ€™s house. The
statement the police took from me was
perhaps doctored to make the menâ€™s offence
seem bigger. I did not expect they would be
taken to court.â€
Speaking with PUNCH Metro, the husband of
Olakunleâ€™s aunt, Ibrahim Lawal, said the
family was glad to have the girl back.
He said, â€œMy 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.â€
The Lagos State Police Public Relations
Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed that
the runaway girl had been seen.
He said, â€œOlakunle is at the Iju Police Division.
She had been hiding at a boyfriendâ€™s place.
â€œThere are further enquiries going on. She
will be thereafter reunited with her
Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that
Olakunle had left the police division, and she
was now at her grandmotherâ€™s place near the
family church in Iju Ishaga.
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