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Missing grandmother from Ekiti, escapes being lynched in Lagos

A 72-year-old granny, madam Modupe Obafemi who came to visit her children in Lagos but went missing after some days has been found; but was almost lynched by a mob who took her for witch if not for a timely interventions of a good Samaritan.

After being declared missing a fortnight ago, the grandmother from Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, was found in Lagos at Wilmer area of Ajegunle after being being thrown out of a moving vehicle with bruises on her body last Sunday.

Her haggard looks did not help matters as that attracted a mob who suspected her to be a witch, kidnapper, or a mad person.

On noticing that her life was in danger, the grandmother raised alarm in Ekiti dialect which attracted a passer by who happened to be an Ekiti man. ''I am neither mad nor am I a witch but I need your assistance to locate my children. Help me please,"she was quoted as saying.

The grandmother's cry attracted another 'good Samaritan' who also hailed from Ekiti State who opted to help her out of her predicament.

One of the 'good samaritans' was said to have made calls to his people who volunteered to locate the address given by the grandmother in Ado-Ekiti and this paved the way for her to be located as it was discovered that she came all the way from Ekiti to celebrate the Yuletide in Lagos but was thereafter declared missing by her daughter who lives at No 16, Titiloye Street, off Kogberegbe, Isolo.

At the time of this report, Madam Obafemi was on admission in a private hospital in Lagos and was not allowed to talk to journalists. Meanwhile, her daughter, Mrs Oyefusi Adenike, was full of appreciation when Sunday Vanguard contacted her last Thursday for publishing the story of the disappearance of the grandmother.

''Mama was found at Wilmer bus-stop. We received the news via telephone and we rushed to the scene but she was very almost out of breath before she was located and was rushed to hospital. She was almost stoned to death by a mob but by divine intervention, rescued by a good Samaritan," the daughter said.

Madam Obafemi travelled to her daughter's house in Isolo during the Yuletide from where she was declared missing on Monday, December 29, 2014.

The security guard in the compound was said to be asleep when the grandmother left the house while neighbours claimed she was spotted on two separate locations holding her bathroom slippers. Nobody could trace her whereabouts until she was thrown out of a moving vehicle last Sunday.

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