My 24-year-old son disappeared without a trace – says the father of the missing BRT worker
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Olumide Oiarinu, father of a 24-year-old Bus Rapid Transit worker in Lagos, Adesina, tells ALEXANDER OKERA how his son’s disappearance on October 5, 2020 affected his family.
Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Olumide Oyarinu. Adesina Oyarinu is my son. He is 24 years old. Cooperate with Bus Rapid Transit and issue tickets.
When did your son go missing?
He passed away on October 5, 2020. Did not participate in the #EndSARS protest; at first he disappeared.
When was the last time you saw him?
I last saw him where he lives, in Ovoronshoki, a month before he disappeared. This was the last time I spoke to him.
When did you notice that he was missing?
When my brother called me, I noticed that Adezina was missing. My brother was contacted by Adesina’s disappeared employer. They said that he showed up at his duty post, but left at about 2:30 pm and never returned. At about 10:30 pm, my brother called me and told me about it.
How much effort did you make to find it?
We visited the police on October 6th. I visited his office to ask how this happened. They told me that he left with a small bag and dropped the machine used to dispense tickets to passengers, as if he wanted to load it. They said he had gone and had not seen him since. His colleagues didn’t want to tell me how he left; they told me to wait for their boss to arrive. While we were waiting for the arrival of his boss, we decided to visit the police station. None of his colleagues followed us to the station to report.
Where is your workplace?
Ohodu Berger, Lagos.
What did the police tell you?
They told us to return to the station with my son’s staff. When we returned to Ojodu Police Station, they told us they would call on the radio. I believe that it is. We also uploaded pictures of her to social media so people know that Adesina is missing.
Have there been any attempts to contact him by phone number?
His phone is off.
What kind of person is your child?
He is a quiet person. He likes to be alone. He usually doesn’t communicate. He may have a friend or two, but there will be no intimacy, and they are not the kind of friends he would run off with. He is one of those who make decisions on their own. I fear that he may have made the decision to disappear on his own or just go somewhere. But we follow social media, and hopefully there will be some changes to his social media profile that show that he is somewhere alive. But I haven’t noticed any changes; this is the way it always is. We wanted to visit his network provider to find out about his last phone call, but the #EndSARS protests prevented us from doing so. When I told the police officer in charge of my case to visit her service provider, she advised me to do so and tell her what requirements they wanted them to comply with.
Did your son live alone in Oworonshocks before he disappeared?
No. He lived in the family home in Ovoronshoki with my mother.
Have you had any misunderstandings with anyone lately?
Two months before she disappeared, she quarreled with my closest younger sister. Not because Sina is rude. When I was told that he had a falling out with her, I asked those who told me if they were sure. Sina is not fighting. If I have a fight with someone and Sina comes to me, she leaves and lets me take care of it. So I asked him about a fight with my sister and he said that she provoked him. When he told me, I got it.
But I advised Sina to accept her as her mother, no matter what she did with him, because she also has a son like him. My sister’s son heard about the fight and complained to me that he was going to fight my son in Ovoronshoki.
Having threatened to quarrel with your son, do you suspect that your sister’s children may be involved in her disappearance?
No, I don’t suspect because he works in a busy place and it would be difficult to pick him up at 2:30 pm in the crowd so people don’t know. However, I know that if someone wanted to do something bad to another person, they could track their goal at any level.
Are you afraid that something bad could happen to your child?
I fear that he is trying to leave, like other young people, because I heard about young people who came out and begged the government to save them. If he is in danger while traveling, who will help him? This is my fear. This is why I tracked her social media accounts for any changes to her status.
Do you think he’s alive?
Hope he’s alive. If Sina is alive, she will see herself as missing on social media. He will not like it and will contact us.
How did your family feel after his disappearance?
He’s an adult. But when I checked him on WhatsApp after he disappeared and saw his picture, I cried. But I checked myself right away. His mother is dead. We were worried
Source: The PUNCH