Missing student: Police station not guest house –PPRO

Police in Lagos State yesterday insisted that there was no record that the 23-year-old missing student, Olaniyan Yemi, who reportedly came to Lagos to submit documents for his IT at an ICAN slept at any police station.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chike Oti, who disclosed this in a statement, said that besides, no police station in Lagos operated as a guest house.

National crimewatch had reported that the final year student of Accounting, Osun State University, Okuku Campus, reportedly disappeared into thin air after taking refuge at a police station in Lagos State.

The student was said to have begged policemen at Ojodu Police Station to allow him spend the night at the station because it was late.

Immediately they granted his request, he called and told his friend of his location and situation.

Olaniyan, a resident of Oshogbo, was said to have slept at the station but since then, nobody knows of his whereabouts.

According to Olaniyan’s aunt, Mrs. Rachael Folade, Olaniyan went to Ojodu Police Station and explained to the officers on duty that he wanted to sleep over at the station. He told them that he would travel back to his school the following day.

She said: “The night before he slept, he called one of his colleagues, Oyin Adeyeye, who owns one of the documents that brought him to Lagos. He informed her that he would be staying overnight at the Ojodu Police Station. He said that the policemen requested for his name, his identity card and some other documents to make him identifiable, which he presented.”

But Oti said there was no record to show that the missing student was at any police station in Lagos either as a visitor or a detainee.
He said: “No police station in Lagos operates as a guest house. It is not allowed.”
The PPRO advised the concerned family to report a case of missing person to the police so that the matter could be thoroughly investigated.

He said: “For instance, the detectives would want to know which of the ICAN offices in Lagos the missing person went for the submission of his document because there’s no ICAN office close to Ojodu Police Station.
“Secondly, it was stated in the write up that the missing student is a first time visitor to Lagos, the detectives would like to know if arrangement was made for him to contact anybody on arrival and so on. Please hurry up and report this matter to the police because time is of essence.”

But Folade said the case had been reported at a police station in Osogbo, Osun State and Olaniyan had been declared missing

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