A 40-year-old imam of a mosque on Nuru Oniwo Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos , has gone missing for 21 days after he was invited to a house warming.
Invited by his friend the family cannot identify yet, Yahaya Qadri left home to sanctify the news house in Owode Onirin, Ikorodu, at about 8am on October 16.
The friend asked him to come alone.
When one of his lines was contacted in the evening, he was said to have spoken in distress for a few seconds before the call was terminated, and the lines went dumb.
According to her mother Afusat, the friend contacted Yahaya on the telephone on Sunday about 4 pm. The event was then postponed to Monday morning.
She and Quadri’s fiancée werem however, worried about a house warming on Monday morning.
“I told him to go with one of his brothers that morning. He said the friend that invited him had told him to come alone,” his mother said.
Around 4 pm, the worried mother called his line to know his wherebouts. “I asked if he was in his apartment in Ijesha, Surulere.” He said, in a distressed tone, he hadn’t come. The line was later disengaged.
“We have not been able to reach him since then. He didn’t tell us the name of the friend and we don’t know any of his friends in Owode Onirin.”
Yahaya’s younger brother, Muritala Quadri, said the case was reported at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, Owode Onirin and Ijesha police divisions and at the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Unit in Surulere.
“The SARS men said they had tracked his line, but could not locate him. A policeman directed us to the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Unit, which is presently handling the case. Since his lines are switched off, it is likely he was abducted,” he added.