By Henry Odeh
The Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters to the executive governor of Oyo state, Mrs. Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu has raised an alarm over an Iseyin indigent, Adekunle Jamiu Adebayo, who had gone to Turkey for his Masters degree program and has since been reported missing.
The governor’s aide who made this known on Wednesday 27th January, 2021 while speaking exclusively with sunrisebulletin.com in her office at the state secretariat, explained that parents of the missing person had written a letter to the state government through the Diaspora Matters office, seeking assistance of the state government to help find and return the missing person’s home safely.
Jamiu Adebayo, who was said to be a graduate from one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria did not however state name of the school he graduated from in Nigeria. The letter explained that Adebayo proceeded to Uskudar University in Istanbul the capital city of Turkey for his Masters degree program.
According to the letter written and signed by parents of Jamiu Adebayo, Mr Muraina Adekunle, seeking the assistance of Oyo state government, the father of the missing person explained that before their son became missing, he usually contacted them from time to time before the global outbreak of covid-19.
The letter reads in part: “My son, Adebayo, graduated from one of prestigious universities in Nigeria before he proceeded to Uskudar University, Istanbul, for his masters degree. He always contact 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 bad, he told us my son was medically not okay and he was having mental problem with picture sent to us.
“We made all our possible efforts so that his friends could help take him to hospital but all our efforts was abortive.”
Mrs Sarumi-Aliyu, while speaking earlier, explained that she has reasons to believe that the missing person is currently suffering from mental illness adding that revelations from her findings indicated that Jamiu Adebayo Adekunle has been mentally unstable for some time.
She maintained that her office has made considerable efforts to follow up the story brought to her by Mr Muraina Adekunle and has made some shocking discoveries.
Parts of the contacts made according to her are to the Turkish High Commission in Nigeria, Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).
Mrs. Sarumi-Aliyu, expressed appreciations and commended the minister of foreign affairs, Mr Godfrey Onyeama and the chairman of NIDCOM, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa for her tireless support, stressing that the duo have both been tremediously helpful with their support and response to emergencies from Oyo state which has helped her office record quick success in its mission to ensure that all residents of Oyo state living in all countries of the world are properly accounted for.
According to the governor’s aide, her preliminary investigations after receiving feedbacks from the foreign affairs ministry revealed that parents of the missing person who are peasant farmers have sent o ever N500 000 (five hundred thousand naira) to Jamiu’s friends in Turkey since he was first reported missing in 2020.
She however, appealed 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@example.com, or via her office social media handle oyostate_diasporans
Mrs. Sarumi-Aliyu also urged all indigents of Oyo state intending to travel outside Nigeria to make it a point of duty to register with the Oyo state office of the Diaspora Matters in order to have proper record of all indigents abroad in any unforeseen circumstance of a situation that may warrant locating and extraditing them home back home. She further appealed to the Nigerian community in Turkey to reach out to her quickly or to the Nigerian embassy in Turkey if Mr Adekunle, Jamiu Adebayo is found anywhere.