Chimaobi Agah, father of four children, has cried out over his four children who had been missing since last Monday.
The father is however pleading with the Abia State Government and the state police command to come to their rescue.
Agah, 43 years from Amasiri in Ebonyi State, who lives in Umuagua Ibeku in Umuahia North, Abia State, said his four children, Chinweotiti Chimaobi (seven, female), Nmesomachi Chimaobi (seven, female), Testimony Chimaobi (four, male) and Godswill Chimaobi (two, male), left home for their school, Great Ambassadors College, Nkwoegwu, also in Umuahia North on Monday, November 27 but had not been seen since then.
Information Nigeria had reported that when Agah travelled to Enugu State for work, his wife prepared the children for school and hired a tricycle driver within their area to convey them to school.
According to him, when the four children were not at home at the end of the day, he and his wife became apprehensive and started looking out for them.
He said they raised an alarm over the disappearance of the four children suspected to have been abducted by the tricycle rider engaged to convey them to school.
“She paid a Keke (tricycle) rider to take them to school. In the afternoon, when the school was supposed to dismiss, they did not return home, and my wife went to their school to look for them.
“She was told by the school authorities that they did not come to school at all. My wife called me and I returned to Umuahia on Tuesday morning. I went to the school and was told the same story.
“So, I went to the police and reported it. They gave me four policemen and we searched for them but without success. They asked me to come back the next day and make a statement.
“After that, they told me to go to a radio station and make an announcement. I have done all these and till now, I have not seen them.
“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,” he cried out.
As at Sunday, Agha said the children had yet to be seen and pleaded with the state government and the police to assist in locating and saving the children.
“I am feeling bored. Losing four children is not easy. Let the Abia State Government and the police help us,” he said.
He noted that the police asked him to come to their office on Sunday.
Acknowledging the report, the Abia State Police Command Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Maureen Chinaka, in a statement saidid, “On 28/11/2023, at about 1530 hrs, Mr. Chimaobi Agha and his wife, Mrs Chimaobi Oluchi, residents of Umuagu (Ibeku, Umuahia North LGA), visited Ohuhu Police Divisional headquarters to report an incident.
“According to their account, on Monday, 27/11/2023, at 0730 hrs, Mrs Chimaobi Oluchi escorted their four children identified as follows: Chinweotiti Chimaobi (7 yrs old, female), Nmesomachi Chimaobi (7 yrs old, female), Testimony Chimaobi (4 yrs old, male) and Godswill Chimaobi (2 yrs old, male).
“The children’s mother escorted them to the junction of her street to board an unknown tricycle destined for Great Ambassadors College, Ukaiuga Nkwoegwu, Ohuhu, in Umuahia North LGA.
“No one escorted or went with them, considering that the eldest is 7 years old and the tricyclist is unknown. Unfortunately, at the end of the school day, the children did not return home as anticipated.
“The police initiated an investigation into the whereabouts of the missing children. Further investigation has shown that the children were not present in school on the specified date, and the investigation to trace the missing children is ongoing.
“We urge anyone with information that could aid in locating them to promptly report to the nearest police station.”