Friday, 30 June 2017

Family Of A Missing 64-Year-Old Woman Cries Out For Help


The family of a 64-year-old woman, Mrs. Veronica Eromosele, has cried out over their mother and wife who has gone missing for over a month now. Mrs. Eromosele, who was said to have left home on the fateful day to attend evening mass at Sacred Heart Catholic, which is about 500 metres from their house located at 61, PZ Road, off Sapele Road, Benin City, disappeared.

Narrating how his mother went missing to journalists at the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), her 28 year-old son, Joseph Arabomen, said he has formally reported the incident at the police and called for “save our soul.”

According to him, “About a month ago, I was lying at home as I was off duty from my place of work and around 4 pm, she, (my mother), came out of her room and tapped me and told me she wanted to go to church and that she wanted money for offering. She took money from my trousers​ which I hung on a chair and left.

“When she got to the gate, our gate man also stopped her because whenever she was going out, our gateman normally stopped her to ask and she said she was going to the church. “I saw her entered ‘Keke’ (tricycle) to the church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church which is about 500 metres from our house. She was expected to close from the church by 7 pm.

“I waited till 8.30 pm and didn’t hear from her. I called her line and her line was ringing at home. I became apprehensive and I have to quickly inform my neighbours and together, we went to the church at about 9 o’clock, but the church has closed. “I couldn’t sleep that night, so the next morning, I went to morning mass with her picture to inform the Reverend Father that I have not seen my mother and members of the church confirmed that she was in the church the previous evening.

Since that day till date, we have not set our eyes on her. “I made a formal report at Etete Police Station, from where I was referred to the State CID for radio control to all formations. The police did the radio announcement for three days and there was no positive response. I have also gone to ‘Man Around Town’ which is a popular local radio programme.

“The DSS and Intelligence Services went around but no clue. They came to the house to take my statement; they went to the church to take the statement of the Reverend Father, but up till now there is no news.

“It has not been long she came back from Port Harcourt where she visited my elder brother. I noticed that she has not been happy since she came back but she did not tell me any reason for her not being happy since she returned.

“We were staying in Aduwawa before. We just moved to PZ Area and I have tried to reach all her friends that I know, but nobody has any information about her. Her friends normally come to her house to ask for her. I have gone to her sister’s place in Oben, she is not there and she has not been seen. I am worried as we don’t know her whereabouts.

“I have contacted the village more than twice, I have gone to her village, Edenu near Irrua to see her nieces and nephews and my uncles, but she is not there, I have also gone to her village, she is not there. She hardly goes to the village but anytime she wants to go, she always told us,” he said.
Arabomen, who disclosed that they they lost their father about eight years ago, appealed to security agencies and whoever could, to help recover thier missing mother.

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