The police in the Federal Capital Territory have confirmed the rescue of three siblings who were declared missing from their school two weeks ago in the Kabusa area of Abuja.
On the day of the incident, the three siblings had gone to school at Star Heritage Academy, located around the ECWA One area of Kabusa but were discovered to have gone missing after their mother, Joy Ani, returned to pick them up at the close of day.
However, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, told The PUNCH that the children were found on Sunday.
He said, “After the receipt of the complaint, we made an entry of missing persons. We deployed all our intelligence assets and informed all our neighbouring states through our signal, describing the children. We worked with all the community leaders, vigilantes and hunters.
“We also searched the bushes; the school authorities were also invited to the police station for questioning over negligence.
“Yesterday (Sunday) around 8.30pm, our tactical men on a stop-and-search patrol at Wuye division, which is the Games Village area, saw the three children distressed.
”They rescued them, took them[the children] to the station and handed them over to a female police officer, who questioned them.”
The news of their discovery sent joy into the hearts of their parents, who according to their father, Sunday, have been unable to sleep beyond one hour a day since the children went missing.
Sunday was filled with joy on Monday when he received a call from the Wuye Police Station to come and identify three children in police custody.
He said, “This morning, I received a call from the Wuye Police Station asking if I was the father of Marvellous Alex and Rehoboth (Chinenye) and I said yes. The caller asked me to come, that my children were there.
“I quickly rushed out of bed, called one of my brothers and went straight to the station. On getting there, I saw my children and I was happy. Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be two weeks since their disappearance.
“My wife and I hardly sit or eat because we are always going from one place to another. I don’t want this to happen to anybody; I thank God that we are alive.
“For some others, they would have died. With God, all things are possible. When you have faith, God will do it. I never one day thought that they would be back. God, my faith and people helped me.”
Speaking further on the police's efforts leading to the rescue, CP Babaji noted that “the DPO was aware of the missing children at Kabusa, so he quickly contacted a fellow DPO there; he rushed down and it was discovered that they were the ones.
“After they were rescued, we took them to the Muhammadu Buhari Police Hospital for medical check-up. They were found okay, and a psychological check is tomorrow.”