On Saturday, June 30, this year, Miss Bridget Azin Omang was taken to a popular church in Ikotun area of Lagos State by her mother to be spiritually healed of a mental disorder. But she got lost in the church within 24 hours.
Since then, her whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. Bridget and her mother arrived in Lagos from their village, Kakwagom in Boki Local Government area of Cross River State on Friday, June 29, which was a day before the incident.
On that fateful day, Bridget and her mother got to the church at about 9:00a.m with the aim to see the senior pastor on time. But it was not so because they met hundreds of people from different parts of Nigeria and abroad waiting see the same senior pastor. So, they joined the queue to wait their turn. It did not get to their turn until very late in the evening when the pastor decided to take some rest. So, Bridget and her mother decided to sleep in the church with the hope to meet the senior pastor the following morning.
They slept and when the mother woke up, she could not find her daughter beside her. She searched for her and when she could not trace her, she broke down in tears in the church. As gathered, nobody attended to her among the crowd that also came to see the senior pastor as they all minded their business.
President of the Kakwagom Family Union, Lagos State chapter, Mr. Emmanuel Ayim, told Daily Sun that Bridget’s mother came to the meeting of the union held on Saturday, July 7, at 33, Adebiyi Street, Shomolu, where she reported the matter to them.
His words: “Bridget’s mother reported to us during our meeting that she took her daughter to the church for healing because the daughter has mental problem. But when she woke up the following morning, she was nowhere to be found. Possibly, she had stood up and walked away while her mother was still fast asleep.
“They are from our village and I know them personally. In spite of her insanity, Bridget is not violent. She makes friendship with some people while she avoids others, depending on her mental state at any point in time. “I must tell you that before her mother took her to Lagos, her elder brother who is a lecturer had taken her to psychiatric hospital in Calabar. She had spent six months from the 24 months she was to spend at the hospital. But her mother was not patient; she wanted a quick healing. “Bridget is in her early 30s now and the mental challenge started about five years ago. Before then, she had finished her secondary education and she has had two children.”
Ayim said the sudden disappearance of Bridget was not as a result of commission or omission by the church but the impatience of her mother. Bridget’s mother, according to him, took a big risk because her daughter could as well have attacked her on their way from Calabar to Lagos and run into the bush.
If found, Ayim urged members of the public to contact the nearest police station or Kirikiri Police Station through the Operations Officer on 08024772906. Ayim can be contacted on 08056279145.