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  • Updated: May 19, 2024

How 14-year-old girl disappeared in Lagos

How 14-year-old girl disappeared in Lagos

The tranquility of Surulere Aguda has been shattered by the disappearance of 14-year-old Princess Halimat Tajudeen, an SSS2 student known for her friendly demeanour and love for reading.

Princess, described by her mother, Mrs. Stella Timothy, as fair-skinned and calm, vanished on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, leaving her family in anguish.

The last sighting of Princess was around 5:15 pm on the fateful day when she visited her mother's shop after school.

Mrs. Timothy, who sells biscuits, pure water, and sweets to children, recounted the events leading to her daughter's disappearance in an emotional interview.

"Princess came to my shop after school. I asked her to withdraw twenty-three thousand naira from Fidelity Bank, which is just a street away from our house. She left around 5:30 pm, and by 6:35 pm, I received the alert confirming the withdrawal. I assumed she was on her way back, but she never returned," Mrs. Timothy recounted, her voice fraught with worry.

The mystery deepened when Mrs. Timothy received a series of distressing phone calls from hidden numbers. The callers, who claimed to have Princess, demanded a ransom of five million naira.

"I received a call from a thick voice asking if I was the one with the girl. When I confirmed, he said, 'Now we’re coming.' They later demanded one million naira after reducing the initial amount," Mrs. Timothy said, her hands trembling.

"Since my daughter went missing, I’ve been like a deflated balloon. I haven’t eaten, slept, or even been able to think straight. All I need is for my daughter to return alive," she pleaded.

Princess's father, although separated from Mrs. Timothy for ten years, has joined the search. The family reported the incident to the police, but progress has been slow.

"I reported her missing that night, but the police asked me to come back after 24 hours. They assigned an IPO, but so far, there has been little action," Mrs. Timothy lamented.

The community has rallied around the family, but the uncertainty continues to weigh heavily. Princess, who doesn't own a phone and has no known issues with anyone, seemed to have vanished without a trace. "She is a well-trained, easygoing girl. I just want her back," Mrs. Timothy sobbed.

She continued, "Every day, I’m terrified. I don’t know if my daughter is still alive. The only thing keeping me going is my faith in God," Mrs. Timothy said.

The family is appealing to the public for any information that could lead to Princess's safe return.

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