Yahaya Quadri, who is the Imam of a mosque on Nuru Oniwo Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos State, has remained missing three weeks after he left home to honour a friend’s invitation.
According to Punch, the victim was invited to pray at a house-warming in Owode Onirin, Ikorodu by a friend, who told him not to come along with anybody.
So he (Yahaya Quadri) left home at about 8am on Monday, October 16, 2017 to honour the invitation.
It was gathered that the family of the 40-year-old Islamic cleric became fearful that something bad may have happened around 4pm on that day when he did not come back home.
When one of his lines was contacted, he reportedly spoke in distress for a few seconds before the call was terminated. The lines were said to have been unreachable afterwards.
The unknown friend, his mother, Afusat Quadri, said, had contacted Yahaya Quadri on the telephone on Sunday when he was leading a group of women in a prayer at Oluwakemi Mosque in Aguda.
She said he was supposed to leave for Owode Onirin after the prayer ended around 4pm, but the friend told him the event had been rescheduled to hold the following day.
“He announced at the prayer on Sunday that he was invited to pray in a house-warming in Owode Onirin. On Monday morning, while his children, who live with me, were preparing for school, he came in and asked them to give him a small bag.
“I asked him what the bag was meant for and he said he was going for the house-warming prayer and wanted to keep his Quran there. I asked why would such an event hold on Monday and he said that was how the organiser wanted it.
“I told him to go with one of his brothers. He said the friend that invited him had told him to come alone.
“Around 4pm, when his children returned from school, I sent them to him to collect money for their lunch. They said he had not come back. I was surprised because he told me he would not stay long at the event.
“I called his line and he picked it. I asked if he was in his apartment in Ijesha, Surulere; he exclaimed, saying, ‘I have not come o!” There was much noise where he was. I wanted to ask him what happened, but the line disengaged.
“We have not been able to reach him since then. He didn’t tell us the name of the friend and we don’t know any of his friends in Owode Onirin.”
Yahaya’s fiancée, Karimat Kasali, also disclosed her amazement that the house-warming was slated on a Monday, adding that she advised him to go with one of his brothers, but he refused.
“He told me he was going to Owode Onirin on Monday morning while I was preparing for the office. Around 8.30am, I called him and he said he was at Palmgroove waiting to board a bus en route to Ikorodu.
“At about 9am, he said he was already at the event and he promised to call me back after the prayer. Around 12pm, I called his line, but it was not reachable.”
Yahaya’s younger brother, Muritala Quadri, said the case was reported at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, and “the SARS men said they had tracked his line, but could not locate him”.
However, the brother said a policeman directed them to the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Unit, which is presently handling the case. “Since his lines are switched off, it is likely he was abducted,” he added.