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Puzzle as two families lay claim to 33-year-old man living with down syndrome

By Esther Onyegbula

The Police in Lagos are currently battling to unravel the puzzle surrounding the true identity of a 33-year-old man identified as Biodun, living with down syndrome. Two families are claiming to be his biological parents.


The two families involved in the struggle are the Shokenu family who live at No3, Church place, Idiroko, Majidun in Ikorodu and the Bankole family residing at No 6, Adebayo Street, Magidun, still in Ikorodu area of Lagos.

Report at Owutu Police division

It was learned that the Bankole family reported to the police at Owutu division when Biodun initially went missing in 2013, while the Shokenu family also reported to the same police division when the same Biodun went missing on August 9, 2015.

While members of the Shokenu family were still searching for Biodun who had gone missing, Biodun walked back to the Bankole family house where he got missing two years earlier. Happy to be re-united with their missing son, the Bankole family took Biodun to the police station to notify them that they had seen their son who had been missing for two years.

Difficulty in unravelling the puzzle

Crime Guard learned that when Biodun was living with the Bankoles’, his name was Biodun Salako Bankole but at the Shokenu household, he was called Biodun a.k.a uncle. Interestingly, both families have pictures and evidences to back their claims, therby making it difficult to unravel the the puzzle. While Bankole family has pictures to back their claims, the Skockenu family brought a school identity card of Biodun when he was a student at Down syndrome school in Surulere, Lagos.

It was gathered that Biodun stopped schooling when in 2011, his parents could no longer afford his school fees. Some of the teachers from the school have come to identify him as one of their former students.

Another puzzle

The Bankole family claimed that Biodun spoke before he got missing two years , but the Shokenus’ claimed Biodun was born dumb. Incidentally, the Biodun in contention could not speak. Concerted efforts made by Crime Guard to engage him in a discussion failed woefully as he kept on mopping at everybody around him without uttering a word.

Confined at the Police sation

It was gathered that he has been confined at the police station following the controversy over his paternity while the police are carrying on with their investigations with a view to determining his true identity. Investigations showed the police are also catering for his feeding and other necessities as both families have not provided for him. However, it was gathered that they have been coming to the police stationd daily to find out the result of police investigation while sources said the case maybe determined after a DNA might have been carried out on Biodun.

As at the time of going to press, it was not possible to ascertain who would provide the money for the DNA to determine his biological parents. Meanwhile, Biodun who is short in stature kept on pacing all around the police station lesuirely mindless of the controversy surrounding his family background.


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