If going to a market has always been a simple and short trip that would not likely bring any eventuality, the family of Keji Ishaq, a final year student of the Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, now think otherwise.
For them, in the years to come, a simple trip to the market would likely send jitters down their spine when they remember what Keji went through between March 20 and March 22.
The young woman, who got married recently, had left home on Sunday, March 20 to cash money at the ATM to buy some foodstuffs in a market around Ota, Ogun State, only to disappear for the next three days.
The family had sent out alerts online, pleading for help in locating the young woman.
By Tuesday night, Keji was back home. But the report of what transpired that night has only reinforced the belief that safety in the society has become a mirage.
Then, as apprehension and frustration enveloped their home on Monday evening, the family got a call.
Even though the family partly expected it to be from kidnappers asking for ransom for her release, the caller, who hid his number simply told them to come to Ilorin, Kwara State the following day to pick up the young woman.
Keji’s brother, Mayowa, told our correspondent that early the following morning, they headed for Ilorin.
He said, “When we got to Ibadan, the caller contacted us again, he asked where we were and we told him we were at Ibadan. He said we should divert to Ijebu Ode instead.
“Truly, when we got to the motor park at Ijebu Ode, Keji was there. She recognised us immediately we got there. She burst out sobbing.
We then learnt that even her phone was still with her. She was unharmed. Only the money she withdrew from the bank was gone.
“Someone probably touched her with a fetish object and made her enter a vehicle. The last memory she had was that after she withdrew the cash, she went straight into a vehicle parked nearby.”
When our correspondent spoke with Keji on Wednesday, it was obvious she couldn’t recollect the details of what actually happened to her.
She promptly requested that her husband, Damilola, would be in the best position to tell the story of her disappearance.
Damilola said, “About midday on Sunday, she left home to go and get some foodstuffs that she would take to school the following day. She decided to go to the ATM at a Guarantee Trust Bank branch in Sango Ota.
After receiving the cash, all she remembered was cashing N4,000,” he said.
But Damilola said the person, who made the call that she was in Ijebu Ode was a Good Samaritan who recognised her.
He said, “The man had spotted her walking along the road as if in a trance. The person took her phone and checked it to find someone that could be contacted. But when he realised that her battery was dead, the person changed the battery. That was how he was able to contact Keji’s brother.
“Since they brought her back from Ijebu Ode yesterday, she has not been able to remember anything. She has no memory of where she was sleeping, what she ate or who took her.
“I am so thankful to God. I cannot really express how happy I am. We are talking about the love of my life here. We got married in January.”