The raging controversy and confusion over the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of 11 years of girl, Victory Obasuyi who was said to have been taken to Ogiso river and never returns.
As many world over welcome the year 2021 with much expectations and hope of a better year, however, the case of Mr and Mrs Kinsley Obasuyi, resident at No 8 Snamprogutti street Ogiso quarter, off Murtala Mohammed way in Benin on the 4th of January, 2021, started on a sorrowful note and agony following the where about of their only 11 years old daughter, Victory Obasuyi.
Every single minute, hours and days, the mother of the missing girls, a 45 years old petty trader from Ondo state, was seen in shock as she sat in front of their apartment with anticipation that her daughter would come back to the family.
Father of the missing girl at Ogiso River
The missing Victory was alleged to have been taken to Ogiso River in the company of other children by a woman simply identified as Madam Sweet who visited their neighbour.
The whereabouts of victory, a primary 5 pupil of Virginia Primary School in Benin City, has left a big void as confusion, uncertainty, disbelief and agony is now the lot of the emotionally devastated parents, friends and neighbours.
Mrs Shade Obasuyi, of the missing girl.
As speculations and confusion continue to trail the whereabouts of missing Victory, the father, Kinsley Obasuyi vowed that he would stop at nothing until her daughter is found.
He alleged that those involved might have kidnapped or used her only daughter for ritual purposes adding that his frustration and fear got heightened by the way and manner men of the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, of Edo state police command are handling the matter.
It was however gathered that the case had been transferred to the zone 5 division of the Assistant Inspector General AIG.
PochogaNews visited Mr Obasuyi at his No 8, Snamprogutti Street, residence where her daughter innocently embarked on the journey of no return and narrated.
How My Daughter Was Taken Away
On the 4th of January,2021,my 11 years old only daughter- Victory Obasuyi was taken to the Ikpoba River Side ,by Ogiso Street ,Benin City, by one madam Sweet, the madam sweet came all the way from Aduwawa to visit her friend who is also my neighbour ,one Mrs Sandra Iyore Asemota.
Madam Sweet brought white gallon to fetch water from the Ogiso Water Side of the Ikpoba River and took some children together with others to the River
While going to the river for what seems like ritual-like and mysterious adventures, she went along with my only daughter Victory Obasuyi , her two children, her friend’s children and her friend’s tenant -Mrs Joy with her two children.
While going to the river they didn’t inform my wife that they are taking our daughter to the river, when my wife asked Mrs Sandra Iyore Asemota where our daughter was, she lied that our daughter and children followed their friend which is madam sweet to the River .
Madam Sweet, Iyore Asemota and their cohorts came up with an absurd story that our only beloved daughter-Victory Obasuyi fell inside the Ikpoba River, at the Ogiso Water Side, that is when we ran to the river to look for my daughter and we have not found her till today.
Up till this moment, we have not seen our beloved daughter Victory Obasuyi and we are in pain and even more pain as OC Legal, Barrister Ogwumba is trying to cover up the actions of those who have my daughter, knowing that we are poor and peasants.
Since the incidence was said to have happened which we doubt ever happened, we have been checking the river , we brought different Ijaw and Itsekiri divers to the river, they all say same thing , that there is no dead body in that river ,that if there was a dead body in the river there will be signs like flies in the river ,foul smell and the clothes and the shoes of our daughter floating on the River .
We even brought some traditional persons, who are used to locating drowned persons in the River and they also said nobody died in that river. They all asked us to ask the people who took our child to the River to produce our child as they know what happened to her.
“OC Legal Ogwumba told us to go knowing we are poor and we have no one ,but we have the Almighty God and so we call on President Muhammadu Buhari ,the Inspector General of Police -Mohammed Adamu,the President of the Nigerian Bar Association,Olu Akpata Esq ,the Police Service Commission,the National Human Rights Commission,,the Inspector General of Police ,Amnesty International ,Human Rights Watch ,the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights ,the Edo Civil Societies to come our aid”.
“I am in tears and depressed ,as I believe my child has either been trafficked by an International Trafficking Ring of which the culprits are part of or the culprits have used her for Rituals ,but I will not rest until I bring to book all the culprits and their collaborators like OC Ogwumba who should be removed from his position to allow for an impartial investigation of this Matter as he being currently the OC Legal State CID is impeding an impartial investigation as he may have been compromised “.
“Madam Sweet, Mrs Asemota and others should be made by the Police to produce my only beloved daughter as my daughter who did not drown in the river”.
While Madam Sweet ,Mrs Asemota and others were at the River with my child and other children ,if my child drowned as they falsely claim ,they never raised any alarm that a child was drowning or had drowned .They even exchanged friendly pleasantries with the people by the River Side before they left back without my child”
“I got information from a whistle blower that over the weekend the former IPO ,Victor Edohen and others in the Matter, before the DC Operations ordered the transfer of the Matter to The OC Legal while we were not there, they secretly went to get other children that were in the River to make Statements to cover their tracts and did other things to help the culprits.
“We call on the IGP to send a special squad to Edo State Police Command to pick this case file and take up this case this could open a can of worms that will be a key to solving some heinous crimes that will shock the world”
“I call on the whole world to help us intervene in this matter, because the former IPO at the Admin Department of the State CID , in this case is a friend to Madam Sweet husband. The IPO Edohen boasted that my wife and I are going to bite our fingers and to perhaps give me a hint when he smashed my android phone on the floor, while I was pain and tears showing him the pictures of my loved daughter and he threatened me that I will go to jail in this matter if I don’t let the Matter go and he even wanted to detain me but for the Intervention of the OC”.
“It took the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians to get the Police Authorities in Edo State to take the Matter from IPO Edohen to the OC Ogwumba who is even continuing the trend of the former IPO.I will fight till the end until I get my child”.
“The suspects and others were released from the State CID on Friday in a case of murder /suspected Rituals, when we have not seen our child, without us knowing just because they think they can oppress us as poor people”.
Continuing he added , “When we got back to the Station on Monday the 11th of January,2020 at the OC Legal State CID the culprits had done a trumped up Petition against us”.
“The OC Legal asked us to go and bring more witnesses and while we were on our way, we were arrested by the Police based on the Petition, but after listening to all Parties in the Matter, the OC Anti Cultism a God Fearing Man spoke the truth and said it was the same Matter and that we should go back to the OC Legal in the State CID, Edo State Command.
“So we went back to the OC Legal at the State CID-Barrister Ogwumba and we got the shock of our lives when a Lawyer, the OC Legal was talking beer parlour talk that the rivers giveth and the river taketh, instead of him to look at the facts of the case”.
“We call for Justice; our child can never go in vain. We believe that we will get Justice, please help save our soul, save our daughter and help bring the culprits to book”.
“I will fight this battle. I owe it to my family and to my beloved child. Please help us and do not let OC Ogumba and the culprits get away with this. My Child will never go in vain and I believe she is alive.
Edo state public Police Relation officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident, said some of the suspects in connection with the matter were arrested but granted administrative bail while investigations were ongoing.
“The command is aware of the case of the missing child Victory. I want to say that the matter is under the state criminal investigation department, SCID. Some handful of suspects have been arrested during the course of investigation; they were given administrative bail and the case is still ongoing.
One of the main suspects, Madam Sweet Otakpolo in viral video, however denied involvement in the matter and explained that she went to visit her friend that leaves in Ogiso because her friend children spent the Christmas and New Year in her house
She stated: “After the Christmas my friend Sandra asked me to visit her at home which I did and she hosted me. When we got Ogiso my friend called me and she heard my children and her children discussing that they wanted to go to a river. When I came out I didn’t see any of them so I decided to rush to the river where I saw Rachel, Christabel, Mercy and Precious.
“I also saw four other children in the river on the other side. My children were bathing at the bank of the river. All of a sudden I heard someone shouting that someone was drowning. Even a fisherman in a boat attempted to save the drowning girls. Only for the brother of Victory to run home and tell the parents about what happened.
“I was shocked when the parents of the girl came with a large crowd and started beating me; they tied my hands and wanted to set me ablaze. It took the intervention of the police to rescue me from the mob. I was detained at the state command for 4 days. Iam a mother, I have never killed before in my life.