In Rivers: Strange woman disappears with two kids

There was panic among residents of Amadi Street in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Sunday after a strange woman disappeared with two kids at a playground located in the area.

The kids were identified as three-year-old Goodnews Friday and one-year-old Prosper Solomon.

Speaking on how his daughter was taken away, Goodnews’ father, Nelson Friday, said the incident happened after the family returned from church around 2.00 p.m.

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He said on Tuesday that the children were at the playground when an unidentified woman came and lured Prosper away, while his daughter followed them.

Nelson explained that a young lady, who saw the strange woman with the two children, did not raise the alarm because she thought that the woman was related to one of the kids.

The father of four appealed to security agencies to help rescue his child from the strange woman, adding that he was still in shock as to how a person would take two kids away from the street without anybody noticing it.

His wife, Happiness, corroborated what her husband said and pleaded with Nigerians to have mercy on her and raise the alarm should they locate the two kids.

A resident of the area, who identified herself simply as Esther, told our correspondent that she saw the woman going with the three-year-old girl, while Prosper followed them unknowingly.

Another resident of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that since the incident happened, children in the area always held hands while moving on the road in order to avoid being kidnapped.

The resident added that parents in the area had begun to insist that their children stay indoors so as to avoid a repeat of the incident.

However, efforts made to reach Prosper’s parents, Mr and Mrs Life Solomon, were not successful as some residents of the area informed our correspondent that they were on their way to Akwa Ibom.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, told Southern City News that he was out of the state and was not aware of the incident. Punch
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