Mrs. Funmi Afolabi is appealing to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, to assist in finding her two children who have been in the custody of the police in Ondo State since she was remanded in Olokuta Correctional Centre over a murder case in Akure. The children, Segun Afolabi and Blessing Afolabi, were aged seven and one and a half years old when Mrs. Afolabi and her husband were arrested by the police on November 13, 2010, and charged to court for alleged murder.
Since then, the couple and six others involved in the case have been remanded in prison custody at Olokuta Akure since 2010.
According to reports, a team of policemen from Abuja had instructed the couple to release the two children, promising to hand them over to a charity house for proper care pending the determination of their case.
However, the efforts made by the couple’s lawyer, Mr. Wale Omotoso (SAN), and other individuals to reunite the children with their mother based on the promises made by the police authority in Abuja have proved abortive. Mr. Omotoso stated that several attempts to retrieve the children from the police authority charity home have been unsuccessful, despite promises from the police authority.
Mrs. Afolabi, who was discharged and acquitted on November 21, 2019, after spending several years in prison, is pleading with the IGP to use his office to intervene in the matter so that she can be reunited with her children. She appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to help find her missing children who have been in police custody since 2010. Mrs. Afolabi stated that she is willing to commit suicide if she does not see her children.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Odunlami, stated that she was unaware of the case but advised Mrs. Afolabi and her lawyer to see the state commissioner of police on the matter.
Mrs. Afolabi’s lawyer, Mr. Omotoso, commended the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, for the good work he is doing and the credible leadership he has been offering Nigeria since assuming office. He pleaded with the IGP to use his good offices to find the whereabouts of Mrs. Afolabi’s children and reunite them with their mother.