A pall of gloom settles on the Imams following the disappearance of their son, Abdulrafiu, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps in Lagos State. The only way to lift it, according to the family, is for him to be found alive and in good state.
Imam, a graduate of Mathematics from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, went missing on December 24, 2018, after he left the apartment he shared with a friend at the Military Barracks Yaba. Punch reported.
His sudden disappearance is said to be down to depression which he developed because of a shoulder injury he sustained.
“He sprained the shoulder last year while he was staying with one of our aunts. He left the house for some days and when he came back, he had a sprained shoulder. He was taken to a local bone setter and his shoulder was dislocated completely so that the bone could be set, but it was not done properly.
“When he came to my place in Ibadan before going for the NYSC programme in Lagos, I saw the arm and where the ball and socket ought to be was not where it was. I took him to the University College Hospital in Ibadan, but the resident doctors were on strike and I told him to go to the hospital as soon as he got to Lagos.
“He was told at the hospital that he required surgery to reconstruct the shoulder and that this would cost a lot of money, but I promised him that I would pay for the surgery whenever I got the money; I never knew that the condition of his shoulder could get him depressed; his roommate never informed us about his depression,” Imam’s sister, Kehinde Lawal, told the paper.