Concerns Mount over Missing Businessman


Abimbola Akosile

For the family of Mojeed Kola Animashaun, the last one month has been traumatic. This has to do with their endless search for 54-year-old Mojeed Kola Animashaun who went missing on Sunday July 31, 2016. Mojeed, a businessman, relocated from the United Kingdom to Nigeria two years ago.

On that last day in July, Mojeed, who is married with four children – three in London and one in Nigeria – had set out from Ikorodu with a couple of visits to different areas of Lagos on his itinerary. His first port of call was his property at Aguda located on No 2 Ademola Oki Street, Surulere. On that short trip from Ikorodu to Aguda, he was in the company of two people – his brother, Rafiu Alaba Animashaun, and a yet-to-be identified friend, who later dropped off.

At his Aguda property, Mojeed met with his two tenants, Morris and Fuad, and informed them of his decision that they should move out of the property by year end. He later proceeded to Itire where he dropped off his brother, Rafiu, and informed him that he was heading to Ajah, where his friend lives. But at that time, his friend was in London. His plan was to hold a meeting with a lady at his friend’s house. Curiously, no one knew who the lady was or where she lives.

That was the last that was heard of him since that fateful day. His disappearance has however raised a number of puzzles. Who was the unnamed man that was with him from Ikorodu to Aguda? Who was the lady he was heading to Ajah to meet at his friend’s house? Did the meeting with the lady hold?

Posters with his photograph and basic details were printed and circulated by his family as part of efforts to locate him. His disappearance had been reported in a few police stations in the state while hospitals and even mortuaries had been visited in search of him.

“Yes the police has been informed and they said they will investigate,” a family member told THISDAY. His family is hoping that he would one day walk through the door to the embrace of his loved ones.