4-Year-Old Girl Goes Missing During RCCG Thanksgiving Service

A 4-year-old girl identified as Aisha Taiwo who alongside her
9-year-old brother, Malik, accompanied their 60-year-old blind grandma
to the monthly thanksgiving service at the national headquarters of the
Redeemed Christian Church of God in Ebute Meta, Lagos, reportedly went

She reportedly disappeared after children were called out for special
prayers at the church. The missing girl’s uncle, Abdulwasiu Esuola told


“Aisha’s mother is my sister and she usually comes with her children
to visit their grandma every weekend. Due to grandma’s visual
impairment, it is only Aisha’s brother who usually follows her to the
church. On Sunday, Aisha decided to follow them to the church because
her mother, who worships at a different church, was attending the burial
rites of a family member.

“Children usually worship at a different hall, but being a
thanksgiving Sunday, the RCCG had a joint service in the main
auditorium. When the children were invited to the altar for a special
prayer, Aisha and her brother held each others’ hands but they got
separated while returning to their seats and when her brother returned
to where they were seating and couldn’t find her, he raised the alarm.

 “I was informed of the incident about 40 minutes after she was
declared missing in the church and I immediately went to the church to
request the CCTV footage of the premises. To my surprise, I was told
that no CCTV camera was installed on the premises. All they had was only
their media coverage which showed only the altar; there is nothing
exclusive that the church has as a security measure.

“On Monday, I had gone to the police station to lodge a complaint and
I went to the Lagos office of IRT and I was able to get a police
report. We’ve been doing all we can as a family to find my niece and we
expect that the church will also be swift in its response by setting up a
committee on this unusual situation.

“I went to the church on Tuesday and a service was going on. I
approached one of the pastors and I told him my grievances. While I was
making my point, he said he wanted to mount the pulpit and I suggested
that I should come back to see him at 2pm.

“Rather than tell me the time that would be convenient for him to see
me, he said angrily that how could I just assume that he would be free
anytime I chose to see him. The least he could do was to show some level
of empathy.”

Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, Head of Media and Public Relations, revealed
that the church was doing all in its power to find the girl. When
contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala
Elkana, also said they have intensified its effort for Aisha to regain
her freedom. 

“The girl is actually missing. She went to the church with her grandma and we are still searching for her,” he stated.


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