The police has arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old boy while he was returning from an Arabic school on Tunkarimu Street, Ajegunle, Lagos. According to PUNCH, the suspect, Samuel Olabanji had kidnapped the child while he was returning back from school with his 10-year-old neigbour, who strapped him to her back. Olabanji had reportedly ambushed the young girl by the roadside and snatched the boy from her. The mother of the toddler Mrs. Sadiat Akinwale immediately reported the abduction to the Ajegunle Police Division after she searched for her son to no avail.
The suspect was eventually apprehended when he returned to the area for another operation with three other men. The men, however, were able to escape while the suspect was not so lucky. The police stated that Olabanji had confessed to the crime and in addition, revealed that a manhunt had been launched for his accomplices that are currently at large. Olabanji, who hails from Kwara State, told the police that he and his accomplices had kidnapped the schoolboy and one other baby in the Ajegunle area earlier in February.
He also stated that his lack of a job was the reason he began kidnapping with his three friends. “I don’t have any job. I am into kidnapping with Sunday, Bidemi and Tunde. We came to Ajegunle sometime in February and kidnapped two kids. We took them to one Rasheed, who lives in Ipaja Ayobo and he paid us for the children” he said.
Even though the suspect has been taken into police custody, the two-year-old boy is yet to be found. His mother said she believed that her son would be protected at his captors’ den and be reunited safely with his family. She also stated that she had faith in God that he will come back to her.
The accused was presented before an Apapa Magsitrate’s Court on two counts of child stealing to which he pleaded guilty. The case was adjourned till March 14, 2016, for facts and sentence.