20th February, 2012
A police Corporal, Mr. Emmanuel Okoye, attached to the Ifako Police Station in Lagos, has allegedly kidnapped a 17-year old girl, Patience Isabor, from her residence in Bariga, Lagos.
Sources told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident happened on February 10, when Okoye allegedly entered Patience’s home after shooting her elder sister, Blessing, in the cheek and hand.
NAN learnt that Blessing, 19, is currently critically ill at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, after undergoing series of surgeries to remove bullets from her body.
According to sources, Okoye has been dating Blessing and later dropped her to settle with Patience.
NAN learnt that the mother of the girls, Mrs. Isabor, opposed the relationship of her two daughters with the police officer.
“Corporal Okoye was dating Blessing, the elder sister and their relationship had blossomed over the years but towards the end of 2011, he dumped her and started dating Patience.
“Their mother was against the relationship but Patience and Okoye continued their love until January 2012, when he came to meet Mrs. Isabor that she should allow him to marry Patience.
“Mrs. Isabor objected because she wants Patience to continue her education and she does not trust Okoye as he had disappointed her first daughter in the past.
“On Friday, at about 7 p.m, Blessing was at home and their mother was yet to come back from work, Okoye defied their mother’s objection and stormed the house with a black bag containing a gun and kidnapped Patience.
“While he was dragging her away, Blessing stood against him that he cannot take Patience away without the permission of their mother and moreso, no one knows where he was taking Patience to.
“As they were arguing, Okoye brought out his gun and shot Blessing on the cheek and on her hand and then took away Patience, “ the source explained.
Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, who confirmed the incident, told NAN that the police command was looking for Okoye.
Jaiyeoba said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Yakubu Alkali, has ordered a thorough investigation into the case.
“The CP is aware of the case. We are not declaring Emmanuel wanted yet, we are still looking for him until the appropriate time we will declare him a deserter,” Jaiyeoba said.