EXCLUSIVE: How, where missing 400L Fountain varsity student was found

A 400-level student of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State, Hadiza Salami, declared missing some few days ago has been found, Newsclick Nigeria can authoritatively report.

According to reports, Salami departed Abuja on Friday, July 22, 2022, to meet up with school resumption and the driver had informed her mother that she arrived in Osogbo safely.

It was gathered that she alighted at Igbona, Osun State from the vehicle she boarded from Abuja and has not been seen or heard from ever since.

Confirming her disappearance, the Osun Police Command spokesperson, Yemis Opalola stated that the driver reported the case at Dugbe Police Station on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

According to Opalola, the driver had made sure she alighted at Igbonna before driving away.

“Hadiza’s mother called the driver to inform him that her daughter had not been seen in school and she did not get to school.

“Hadiza’s number after several calls put forward to it was being forwarded and her course mates also confirmed that she was not seen around school.

“I have asked that the photo and details of the missing girl be made available to my office so we can forward same to all media houses for notification,” the police spokesman said.

However, verified information reaching Newsclick Nigeria on Tuesday morning has it that the young undergraduate has been found.

According to a top official of the university who confided in Newsclick Nigeria, she was found in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital and the father is on his way to pick her this (Tuesday) morning.

“Hadiza is a responsible young lady. She is brilliant. In fact, she is in 2:1 going to final semester.

“She has been found in Uyo.

“The dad is on his way to pick her,” the university official told Newsclick Nigeria on Tuesday morning.

Explaining her usual routine transportation from Abuja to the school in Osogbo, the source said:

“Well, her parents have an arrangement with people who bring her to campus. The instruction has always been to drop her on campus. Why she decided to alight at Igbona is known to her and God. Why she headed to Uyo is known to her and God”.

Meanwhile, the Fountain University Management also confirmed the development.

The management in a statement signed and released by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Taoheed Alimi on Monday said she was found unhurt.

“On behalf of the management of Fountain University, Osogbo, I write to inform the general public that one of our students, Hadiza Salami who was recently declared missing has been found.

“Miss Salami was found unhurt, thanks to the effort of the security operatives and of course, the wide range of support received from the general public.

“While she is currently receiving all the necessary care and attention at relevant quarters for her to resume her regular activity, we want to thank the general public for the solidarity given to us.

“The management of the university, therefore, urges all to please stop any form of publicity indicating that she is still missing.

“Once again, on behalf of the management and the parents of Miss Salami, I wish to thank the Nigerian Police force and other security operatives, the press as well as the general public for the show of solidarity,” the statement concluded.

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