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More than two years after losing two children to suspected kidnappers, joy has returned to the family of Fatai and Suliat Azeez, who have welcomed a set of triplets at their home on Aiyepe Avenue in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos State.
A crowd of residents and well-wishers thronged the house, on Monday, to catch a glimpse of the babies.
The newborns, two girls and a boy, were given birth to on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
In November 2016, Suliat, who had a hairdressing workshop in the Okokomaiko area, had taken a new apprentice, who gave her name as Grace.
Grace, whose real name is Gladys Austin, had been asked to resume after promising to bring a guarantor the following day.
However, she was said to have tricked Suliat’s two children, Kafayat (six) and Farouk (four), and allegedly disappeared with them that same day.
Efforts by the family to locate the children had proved abortive.
However, in March 2017, the suspect was arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for selling another child, identified as Oluwasemilore, to a ring of syndicates in Anambra, Abia and Enugu states.
Grace had been identified by Suliat and her neighbours during an identification parade by the police as the apprentice, who allegedly stole her children.
The suspect, however, denied abducting Suliat’s children, insisting that she did not know their whereabouts.
Frustrated, Suliat was said to have locked herself in the house and took a local insecticide, Sniper.
Despite being rescued, she attempted suicide a second time.