YABATECH undergraduate disappears, parents panic

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An undergraduate of the Yaba College of Technology, Emmanuel Kolade, has reportedly gone missing.


PUNCH Metro learnt that Emmanuel, who is studying Computer Engineering at the school, left his parents’ home on Awolumate Street, Ajuwon, Ogun State, on November 11.

His whereabouts had remained unknown since then.

Our correspondent was told that the 32-year-old was a part-time student of YABATECH and also worked in Computer Village, Ikeja, where he repaired phones for a fee.

His father, Mr. Adeniyi Kolade, explained that his fifth child left for his workplace on the day, adding that he did not return home.

He said, “On November 11, he told me that he was going to his workplace in Ikeja, from where he would go to school.  When his mother was about travelling that morning, he called her back and gave her N500 to augment her fare.

“However, when it was 7.30pm and we didn’t hear from him, we became worried. This was because he never stayed out late. We  called his telephone lines, but they were switched off. We checked at his place of work and his colleagues said he didn’t resume for work that morning. The school also said they did not see him. All our efforts have proved abortive.”

Adeniyi said the matter had been reported at the Ajuwon Police Station, Ogun State, and the Area F Police Command, Lagos State, among other stations.

Our correspondent, however, learnt that the victim had been ill for about three months before he went missing.

His father said he had fully recuperated from a “chronic typhoid,” wondering what could have gone wrong.

His mother, Mrs. Dorcas Kolade, described him as easy-going and gentle.

“If not for some financial constraints, we would have travelled together that morning. I appeal to Nigerians to help me find him. We have been hearing tales that he was spotted at some places, but we can’t find him,” she added.

His sister, Funmilola Oshunnuga, said the family had become  desperate to get Emmanuel back home.

The Ogun State Public Relations 0fficer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he would get back to our correspondent on the incident, but had yet to do so as of press time.

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