Matron disappears after calling daughter in Lagos

A Lagos-based matron has been reported missing by her family shortly after she placed a call to her daughter on April 7, 2017.

The missing Winifred Afoloye

Punch reports that efforts to locate the missing Alofoye has proved abortive since the call with her family being afraid she could have been abducted or something sinister has happened to her.

Her telephone was also said to have been switched off immediately after the call, further heightening tension on her whereabouts.

Afoloye, a matron at Blue Sky Hospital, Egbeda area of the state, was said to have left her house in Hand of Fire City, Igando, at about 9 am on the day of her disappearance, for the Nurse and Midwifery Council in Yaba to renew her medical license when she disappeared.

A check on the register of those who attended the center for the licenses on that day also revealed that her name was conspicuously missing.

It was gathered that Afoloye had called her daughter at about 12 pm on that day to inquire how she was faring and after that, her phone was switched off and she has not been seen since.

Her son, Itua Alofoye, said he was notified about his mother's disappearance in the night when his father and sister did not hear from her.

Itua said he visited the center the following day but could not verify whether the matron had gotten to the place, adding that further efforts to locate her had been futile.

“She works with Blue Sky Hospital in Egbeda. Her medical license expired and she went to the center to renew it.

My sister, , said she spoke with her around 12.45 pm on Friday. She just asked about her (Onor’s) health. Since then, her line has been switched off.

I went to the center on Saturday, but was unable to meet with any official. I went back on Monday and after they checked the register to know whether she actually came to the center, her name was not in the register.

The family moved into Igando on Wednesday, but I don’t live with them. We learned there was an accident in the Maryland area on Friday, and we were told to go to the Gbagada General Hospital.

But she was not there. We also went to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

We reported at the Igando Police Station and the police collected all her details. She has been practicing as a nurse for over 30 years now. Nobody has contacted us about her whereabouts, but I have a feeling she was abducted.”

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, who confirmed the report of the incident, has said the police will do everything possible to get to the root of the matter.

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