Friday, 1 July 2016

Engineer goes missing after church service at SCOAN

A Ghanaian engineer, Dotse Dzrekey has disappeared after attending a church service in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, police in the revealed after launching an investigation. The 59-year-old Dotse, who worked in an oil company in Accra, Ghana, had come to Lagos to attend a prayer programme at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun.

On Thursday, May 5, the Ghanaian arrived at Lagos with a compatriot, Don Emmanuel. They were reported to have lodged at a hotel in the Ikotun area.

The duo had gone for a service at SCOAN and was walking out of the auditorium, when the engineer got lost in the crowd. Emmanuel was said to have waited at the entrance of the auditorium even as there was no trace of his friend.

Subsequently, Emmanuel returned to the hotel where they lodged. Till now, Dotse has not been found, and the matter was reported to Ikotun Police station.

Emmanuel told Punch he had assumed that Dotse had decided to return alone to Ghana, until he (Emmanuel) was called on the telephone by Dotse’s family members that they had yet to see him.

He said, "This is my second time in Lagos. I am a SCOAN member in Ghana. I come to Lagos for prayers. Dotse and I came to Lagos on May 5 and we checked into a hotel not on the SCOAN premises.

"We had been going for several prayer sessions. On Sunday, after the church service ended, there were a lot of people coming out. In that process, I discovered he was no longer with me. I went back into the building to check, but he was not there. He was not with a mobile phone.

"I alerted some of the church ushers, who said nobody was found. I thought that he had taken another route and gone to the guest house. I got to the hotel, but he was not there as well.

"There was little SCOAN could do since it was not their guest house we lodged in. I went to the police station on Monday and reported the matter. The police took my statement. But since May 9, neither I nor his family members in Ghana have got any update.

"He did not return to Ghana because his family members called me that he had not returned. The Ghanaian High Commission is also aware of this incident."

The engineer’s younger brother, Jacob Dzrekey, told Punch that the family members in Ghana were distraught, urging the police to investigate the case.

He said, "He has three children. He had some challenges and he came for special prayers. But nobody has seen him ever since then. The family members are distressed. His company in Accra has been communicating with us to use all channels in Lagos to get him back."

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the family had not reported back at the police station.

She said, "The Ghanaian had some mental challenges and was brought to SCOAN for deliverance. He, however, escaped to an unknown destination. The complainant dropped the victim’s picture and left with a police extract. Ever since then, they have yet to report back at the station."

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