Tenants Abscond with Landlord’s Two Children in Benin

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By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Two tenants identified as Rose and Mercy were reported to have run away with two children of their landlord in Benin City, capital of Edo State.
Narrating the incident, the wife of the landlord’s, simply identified as Mrs. Osaruname Faith from Egbeta in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, Tuesday alleged that her two children, Amanda, 4 and Christabel, 2, were taken away to unknown destination by the two tenants without her permission and that their whereabouts are yet to be known.
Speaking on the ugly incident in Benin City, Mrs. Osaruname said the two tenants packed into their house barely a month ago and that since they came into the compound, they have all lived together as one family.
She said based on the relationship that was created within such a short period, she decided to leave her two children with them while she went to the stream to fetch some water for the house use.
She said when she came back from the stream, she could not find her two children which she left in the custody of her tenants.
The heartbroken mother said when she asked other neighbours if they saw her children and the two tenants she left them with, they said no.
She said when she discovered that they were no where to be found, she decided to invite other people around to join in the search party but all were to no avail.
“Yesterday afternoon, after my children have returned from school about 12pm, they said they were hungry. So I prepared food and I gave to them and after they have eaten, I decided to approach my two neighbours, Rose and Mercy, to accompany me to the stream but they said they could not climb the hill of the stream.
“So I told them that hence you cannot follow me to the stream, I want to leave my two children with two of you.
“And they all agreed. So I left for the stream but when I came back, I could not find my children and my two neighbours again. So everybody decided to join me to look for them but could not see them and when we put a call to their phones, they were switched off.
“I did not know them before but since they packed into our house, we have been living peacefully together and based on that trust, I decided to leave my children with them.
“My husband later went to report the matter at the Okada Police Station,” she said
The 22-year-old mother called on the Nigeria police and the government to help locate and rescue her children from the hands of their captors.