Ayomide Omope, an autism sufferer, is missing. The 19-year-old boy was last seen on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Before his disappearance, Ayomide was living with his parents in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Collins Cobuild Advanced Dictionary of English defines autism as a mental disorder that affects children, particularly their ability to relate to other people.
His father, Ayotunde Omope, told Punch Metro on the telephone on Tuesday that on the fateful day, Ayomide was supposed to be with his mates at a therapy centre.
He said before his therapist arrived to take him to the centre, he unlocked the gate of the house and left the house.
Omope said, “A neighbour that saw him outside our compound thought he was doing his usual therapy and did not ask him he was outside the house. About 10 minutes later, his teacher came and noticed Ayomide was not at home. The teacher informed us and that was how we knew something was amiss.
“We pasted posters to notify the public of the incident. Through the posters, someone came to tell us that they saw him in Ogijo area of Ikorodu, some kilometers away from where we live. Since that time, all efforts made to find him have proved abortive. We have also reported the matter at Owutu Police Command, Ikorodu.”
Omope urged anybody with useful information to report to him on 08034746578, 08033034607 or the nearest police station.
The police in Owutu confirmed Ayomide’s disappearance was reported on Tuesday and that he had subsequently been declared missing.
The police crime diary extract stated, “Today is Day 6. Ayomide is still missing. He was last seen in Ogijo near Ikorodu on January 31. He is 19 years old and an autism sufferer – he cannot speak.
“He was wearing a blue short-sleeved check shirt, dark blue jeans and white trainers. He was wearing a yellow and green Ankara apron over his shirt. He is five feet and seven inches tall and a bit light in complexion.”