Father Desperately Seeks Help as Tricycle ( keke ) Operator Disappears with Four School-Going Children
In a distressing turn of events, Mr. Chimaobi Agah, a middle-aged father residing near the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) station in Umuahia, Abia State, is reaching out for assistance as a tricycle operator entrusted with conveying his four children to school has disappeared with them.
The children, aged eight, four, one, and a year and a half, were under the care of the tricycle operator ( keke) on the fateful Monday when the incident occurred. Mr. Agah, who hails from Amasiri, Ebonyi State, was away working in Enugu when his wife, in his absence, prepared the children for school and engaged the keke driver’s services.
In a heart-wrenching viral video, Mr. Agah, visibly distraught, shared the harrowing experience, revealing that he had reported the matter to both the police and the State Broadcasting Corporation, yet the whereabouts of his children remain unknown.
Agah recounted his futile efforts, “I went to work in Enugu on Monday, and my wife prepared my four children for school. She paid a KEKE (tricycle) driver to take them to school. In the afternoon when school was supposed to dismiss, they did not return, and my wife went to their school to look for them.”
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Despite his efforts, the school authorities informed him that the children never arrived that day. The devastated father reported the incident to the police, conducted searches with law enforcement, and made announcements on the radio—all to no avail.
With a plea for assistance, he said, “The public should please help me. God should please forgive my sins. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe Jesus died for sinners like me. Please, I need my four children rescued.”
Mr. Agah, in the video, shared his contact number, 07057279866, urging anyone with pertinent information on the missing children’s whereabouts to come forward.
The rising incidents of kidnapping in the state have prompted concerns, despite ongoing efforts by security agencies. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moureen Chinaka, stated she was yet to receive details on the incident but pledged to provide information after making inquiries.
This situation calls for swift action by the government in curbing insecurity and kidnapping in the country most especially child kidnap. only God knows what the abductors intend to do with poor, innocent children. However, it is instructive to Note that this is not the first time a horrible incident like this is happening.
According to a report by CNN gunmen killed and kidnap dozens of children in Northern Nigeria. On August 10, 2021, The Guardian reported a distressing situation in northern Nigeria, revealing that over 200 schoolchildren still languish in abduction at the hands of armed “bandit” groups. This alarming statistic is part of a broader crisis that has seen more than 1,000 students abducted throughout the year, highlighting the dire and ongoing challenges faced by the education system in the region.
On March 1, 2023, Vanguard News reported a chilling revelation as a 16-year-old suspect confessed to the use of biscuits and magical rings in the nefarious act of kidnapping children. This shocking disclosure sheds light on the disturbing tactics employed by criminals involved in child abduction cases.
On April 8, 2023, Reuters reported a distressing incident in northwest Nigeria where gunmen targeted and kidnapped at least 80 individuals, predominantly women and children, in Zamfara state. This region has unfortunately become a hotspot for ransom-driven abductions carried out by armed bandits.
VOTP News is joining forces to call on the public to be careful at this period, The urgency of the situation calls for a collective effort to locate and ensure the safe return of the four missing children. As the community stands united, authorities and citizens alike are urged to contribute any information that could lead to the recovery of these young lives.