Runaway Teenage Girl Reveals Why She Eloped With Her Lover

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A runaway teenage girl, Taiwo Olakunle, who was believed to be hiding at a lover’s place, resurfaced last week Thursday at her family church on Taju Bello Street, Oke Aro Road in the Iju area of Lagos.

Olakunle, 18, had fled home since

Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

PUNCH Metro had reported last Wednesday,

January 14, that the police at Iju were

searching for the teenager, who until her

disappearance was staying with her

guardians on Adeosun Street, Balogun bus

stop, Iju.

Our correspondent learnt that Olakunle came

back to her church area the following day

after PUNCH Metro’s report, and requested to

see her grandmother, who also lived in the


It was gathered that officers from the Iju

Police Division, who learnt of her appearance,

moved to the place and took her away to the

station for questioning.

Olakunle told the police on Friday in her

statement that she fled from home to stay

with a lover in the Alagbado area.

She said she fled from the area because she

was worried that her suspected assaulters

were charged to court by the police, which

she did not think was a good step. She added

that she was worried about her safety.

She said, “Those guys who beat me up were

truly arrested by the police, and they were

asked to get me treated. I did not know they

would be charged to court for it.

“When I learnt that they were charged to

court, I was troubled. I then decided to leave

the area and run to a lover’s house. The

statement the police took from me was

perhaps doctored to make the men’s offence

seem bigger. I did not expect they would be

taken to court.”

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, the husband of

Olakunle’s aunt, Ibrahim Lawal, said the

family was glad to have the girl back.

He said, “My wife and I had suffered. It got to

a point that people said we had used the girl

for rituals. We are glad that she was back.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations

Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed that

the runaway girl had been seen.

He said, “Olakunle is at the Iju Police Division.

She had been hiding at a boyfriend’s place.

“There are further enquiries going on. She

will be thereafter reunited with her


Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that

Olakunle had left the police division, and she

was now at her grandmother’s place near the

family church in Iju Ishaga.

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