The police in Lagos are battling to find a 13-year-
old girl, Chikwuo Ezennia, who reportedly fled her
house with a yet-to-be-identified man, suspected
to be her lover.
It was reported that Ezennia, who is in Basic 4, had
come to Lagos from Nneni village in the Anaocha
Local Government Area of Anambra State to spend
her holiday with her relatives. She, however, fled
her relatives’ apartment on Ishola Bello Close, Iyalla
Street, Alausa, Lagos, in the afternoon of Thursday,
November 20, when the family had gone out.
It was gathered that when the girl’s aunt, Mrs.
Ambrose Okolo, and her husband returned from
work at about 6pm, Ezennia was nowhere to be
found. During the initial search for her, some
neighbours told the Okolos that they saw the
teenager walking away with a man in the afternoon.
Ezennia was said to have told the neighbours that
her aunt maltreated her and had travelled away for
Hence, she would be staying with a friend during
It was learnt that the family reported the matter at
the Alausa Police Division the following day. The
police invited some persons, who allegedly saw the
girl, for interrogation.
Ezennia, who speaks only Igbo fluently, was
supposed to return to her village by the end of
December. It was further learnt that Ezennia had a
record of fleeing home to stay with men when she
was in the village in Anambra.
When they visited the apartment on Tuesday, Okolo,
who is a self-employed chartered accountant, said
the family was anxious to know the supposed lover,
who had been shielding the girl, adding that all
efforts to locate her had proved unsuccessful. She
“Ezennia is just 13, but she looks big enough to be
called a man’s wife. If you see her, you will think
she is a lady. She just came from the village to
spend some time with us and she is supposed to go
back this December. But since that Thursday, we
have yet to find her.
The reason I suspect she may be with a lover is
because of some recent developments. Just a
week before that incident, I travelled to Benue for a
programme, and she was alone with my children in
the house. There is a phone that my children use
which contains only my number and my husband’s.
But when she fled home and we started the search,
I picked up the phone and to my surprise, I saw a
string of strange numbers.
The children said
Ezennia used the phone when I travelled.
I wondered who she might have been calling since
she is new in Lagos.”
It was learnt that calls and text messages sent to
the numbers by the family since the day of the
incident had not been replied to. Efforts they made
to obtain Ezennia’s photograph were unsuccessful
as the teenager had yet to take any since she
arrived in Lagos.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer,
DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident. He
said Ezennia was still on the police’s list of missing
“If seen, the public should contact Alausa Police
Station,” he added.