Family of missing mother cries for help


For over a month, 28-year-old Joseph Arabomen has been waiting for his mother, Mrs. Veronica Eromosele, aged 64, to return home, but the waiting has been in vain.

She left home on the fateful day to attend evening mass at Sacred Heart Catholic, which is about 500 metres from their house at No. 61 PZ Road, off Sapele Road, Benin City, but till date, her whereabouts remain unknown.

A distraught Joseph, who was at the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the weekend, said he has formally reported the incident to the police but called for “save our soul” from the public.

He said: “About a month ago, I was at home around 4p.m. when she came out of her room and tapped me that she wants to go to church and that she wants money for offering. When she got to the gate, our gateman stopped her, because whenever she is going out, our gateman usually ask where she is going and she said she was going to church.

“I saw her entered Keke NAPEP to the church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which is about 500 metres from our house. That evening, I prepared dinner before she came back. She was expected back from church by 7p.m. but when it was 8:30p.m. and I didn’t hear from her, I called her line, it was ringing at home.

“I became apprehensive and I immediately inform the neighbours. We went to the church around 9p.m. but the church had closed. The next morning, I went to morning mass with her picture to inform the Reverend Father that I have not seen my mother and members of the church confirmed that she was in the church the previous evening but since that day till date, we have not set our eyes on her.

“We have looked everywhere for her to no avail. We have searched for her too at her village in Edenu near Irrua, but she is not there, though she hardly goes to the village. We are really troubled,” he said.

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