Governor Makinde’s aide on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu, has drawn attention to an Oyo born Turkish university student who went missing sometimes last year, Jamiu Adebayo Adekunle, and has called on Nigerians living in Turkey to join hands with the state government in locating the
While speaking with media officers in her officer, Sarumi-Aliyu disclosed that the parents of the missing person wrote a letter to the state government through the Diaspora Matters office, requesting the state government to help find and ensure the safe return of the missing person home.
Adekunle, who is studying in Turkey for his Master’s degree program, is a graduate from one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria, though, the Nigeria institution he graduated from was not stated in the letter.
In the letter written and signed by Jamiu Adebayo’s parent, Mr Muraina Adekunle, seeking the assistance of Oyo state government, they explained that before their son became missing, he consistently contacted them before the global outbreak of COVID-19.
The father, in the letter said, “My son, Adebayo, graduated from one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria before he proceeded to Uskudar University, Istanbul, for his master’s degree.
“He always contacts us regularly before the outbreak of the first phase of coronavirus pandemic.
“We tried to reach one of his friends over there, and he promised to help us look for him. His friend’s name is Samuel. Samuel looked for him, but the condition he met him is terrible, he told us my son was medically not okay, and he was having a mental problem with pictures sent to us.
“We made all our possible efforts so that his friends could help take him to the hospital, but all our efforts were abortive.”
Speaking further, the SSA, said she has reasons to believe that the missing person has a history of mental illness, stressing that her findings revealed that Jamiu Adebayo Adekunle has been mentally unstable for a while.
She asserted that her office had made substantial efforts in tracking the story that was presented to her by Mr Muraina Adekunle, and some shocking discoveries were unearthed.
Some of the contacts she said she made are to the Turkish High Commission in Nigeria, Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM)
Sarumi-Aliyu expressed her appreciations and lauded the Godfrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs, and Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of NIDCOM, for their tireless support, stressing that they have been beneficial with their support and response to emergencies from Oyo state which has ensured the quick success of her office in its mission to guarantee that all residents of Oyo state living in diaspora are appropriately accounted for.
According to the governor’s aide, her primary investigations after collecting feedback from the foreign affairs ministry indicated that the parents of the missing person who are peasant farmers had sent over N500,000 to Jamiu’s friends in Turkey since he was first reported missing in 2020.
She is, however, appealing to the Nigerian community especially those of Oyo state origin resident in Turkey to urgently report to the Nigerian embassy in Turkey or directly contact her via [email protected], or via her official social media handle oyostate_diasporans.