UK Police Launch Search For Nigerian Student Missing For More Than A Week

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The UK have launched a search for a whose parents declared him missing for more than a week.

Richard Okorogheye, a 19-year-old at Oxford Brookes University, hasn’t been seen since he left home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west on the evening of Monday, March, 22, and last seen boarding a bus.

His mother, Nurse Evidence Joel said her son, who had been shielding during the pandemic due to having sickle cell disease, had struggled his online studies.

According to her, Richard left home at about 8.30 pm saying he going to meet a friend but left his wallet, jacket, and medication behind.

“All he said to me ‘mummy, I’m going to see my friend’. I trusted him, I had doubt or reason to ask him further questions,” she said.

Ms.Joel said when she called the to report Richard missing and was told by a officer “if you can’t find your son, how do you expect officers to find your son for you?.”

She described Richard as her reason for living, adding: “It’ my baby, he’ my treasure, he’ my oxygen.”

The Met later said they were carrying a search and that Richard’ disappearance was initially graded -risk because of the many missing people reports it receives every day, often involving .

A spokesman said the force was “committed to providing the best possible service to families”, ensuring that they are supported by specialist officers and informed of investigative updates as soon as possible.

He added: “ should always be treated respect and dignity by officers, and have confidence that officers will make every effort to investigate the circumstances of the disappearance a matter of urgency.

“The into the disappearance of Richard Okorogheye remains ongoing. His family are being supported by a dedicated family liaison officer while all available resources are being utilised in the search.”

In the last confirmed sighting, Richard was seen boarding the number 23 bus southbound in Ladbroke Grove at 8.44 pm on Monday, March, 22.

He is known to visit the Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham areas, and officers have increased patrols in the Kensal Road and Ladbroke Grove areas.

In a statement, his mother Evidence Joel said: “Richard we you and miss you very much, please can you come home. We aren’t angry at you. We just want to know that you’re okay.

“For anyone reading this, we are desperately missing our son. If you know anything or know where he might be, please come forward and speak to the police.”

Detective Chief Inspector Nicki Beecher, from the Met’ Area West Public Unit, said: “Our officers are continuing to work around the clock to locate Richard and bring him home to his worried family.

“We are keen to speak anyone who may have been around Ladbroke Grove at the time of Richard’s last known sighting as captured above – you might be able to help us trace his next steps.”

“If Richard is safe and well, we ask him to contact us as a matter of urgency so that we can put his family’s minds at ease.”