Daniel Oikhena, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) I pupil in Benin, Edo State capital, who flew in the tyre compartment of an Arik Air flight from Benin to Lagos, has been released to officials of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development after being detained at the State headquarters of the Directorate of the State Security Services (DSS).
Meanwhile, Daniel’s father, Osaigbovo, who was coming to the Government House for the first time since his son’s detention, spoke to reporters, saying:
“I came to tell the world that I am Daniel’s father. His mother and I had a misunderstanding last year. I did not leave my home. I invited my wife to join me but she said where I was staying was too far and she decided to stay away. It is a lie that I have not been taking care of my four children. We are not divorced.”
He narrated the steps the family took when they discovered their child was missing, saying “I went with her to the police station but she said I should keep quiet.
“I was shocked when I heard the news. Initially, I thought my son was kidnapped but I thank God he is alive. I am here to make sure my son is really alive. I am not married to another woman. My wife refused to give my number to the DSS when they asked for it.
“My son likes movies. He is quiet and easy going.”
Meanwhile, a volunteer group, De RAUFs, which had earlier promised scholarship for the stowaway, was in Edo state to reaffirm its earlier stance on the stowaway.
Speaking through the head of its legal team Yinka Muyiwa, the group said: “The boy did not commit any offence and as such should not be detained any longer.
“The boy had to do what he did because the system failed him. There was no crime involved in what he did as far as we are concerned.”