By Evelyn Usman
The Police in Lagos have smashed a kidnap syndicate, arresting four of its members responsible for the kidnap of a 14-year-old boy last month in Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos.
Surprisingly, one of the suspects turned out to be living in the same vicinity with the kidnapped teenager. The suspects who have been on the commandâ€™s wanted list and suspected to have been responsible for the kidnap of another nine-year-old boy in Okota area last year, were yesterday paraded at the Oduduwa office of the commandâ€™s image maker.
The commandâ€™s spokesman, Mr Frank Mba, explained that the teenager whose identity was not disclosed was lured by his abductors who â€œused a pet dog to deceive him. Knowing that the teenager loves dogs, one of them told him to follow them to buy a puppy only for him to be kidnapped and kept in one of their houses in Igando, after which a ransom of N15 million was demanded.â€
But the apprehensive parents, as gathered, eventually parted with over N400,000 before their son was released.
One of the suspects, identified as Segun Akinola, was said to have been arrested for a similar case which is still pending in court.
One of the quartet, Taiwo Ashiru who admitted before newsmen to have initiated the kidnap, said he was introduced into what he described as lucrative business by a friend.
Said he, â€œ One of my friends named Taofeek introduced me into the business. He suggested I could get a child of any well to do person I know and abduct him or her at the end of which I would benefit from whatever came out of it. That was how I identified on e of our neighbours sons around Odo Ikare in Ikotun . But I did not get anything from the money they collected from the dealâ€ , he stated.
Mba who informed that the command would do all it could to ensure kidnappers do hold sway in the state, however advised parents to take precaution towards ensuring that their children were well protected from activities of kidnappers.