13-year-old girl abducted by unknown gang while returning from school in Lagos



A 13-year-old student, Miracle Adereti, has been abducted by an unknown gang while returning home from school last Friday, December 1 2023 in the Ikotun area of Lagos state.

Her father, Mr. Adereti Oluwadare Segun, said he dropped Miracle and her younger sister at the bus stop where the school bus usually picks them in the morning before heading to work at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), where he serves as an air traffic communicator with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

He received a distressing call in the afternoon informing him of his daughter’s abduction.

The incident was reported at the Afonka Police Station in Egbeda, Alimosho, Lagos, on the same day.

Witnesses reported that the gang followed the school bus, parked a short distance away from the bus stop, waited for the bus to leave, then abducted Miracle while she and her sister were walking home.

Mr Adereti, while speaking to journalists, said: “We woke up early to prepare the kids for school before I dropped them at the bus stop. We had no idea of such a wicked act by this gang, who falsely claimed that, as a politician, I have sufficient funds to secure my daughter’s release.

He added: “We’ve received threats warning us not to involve the police. But as a family, we are deeply distressed and have no choice but to seek help from law enforcement. I implore the diligent officers of the Nigeria Police Force to swiftly take action to track down these culprits. Their threats indicate they’re seeking for ransom putting our lives in peril.”

The distraught father also appealed to the police to help secure his residence in the meantime due to the threats.

“The situation has traumatised my family. I earnestly appeal for immediate intervention to bring these criminals to justice and ensure our safety,” he added

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